Let's shoot two subjects on the one afternoon/evening. First we'll start down at Karekare Falls. So let's meet at the beach carpark and we'll walk up to the falls. Here you can practice your long exposure skills. This shoot will work best with a neutral density filter of at least 6 stops, but 10 stops would be better. We want to lengthen the exposure to make the water milky.
After we're done at the falls we'll scoot down to the beach. It's a very expansive beach and there's lots of room for us to spread out once we've all got a good idea of settings etc. We can start by shooting back in the dunes getting some foreground interest with the dune grasses and then we can all move forward towards cute little Panatahi Island for some reflections in the wet sand as sunset rolls through.
As always wear warm clothing and bring a plastic bag to cover your camera in case a shower passes, it is the West Coast after all. You may want to consider some footwear that you don't mind getting a little wet as we may have to walk across the small stream leading down to the beach and/or get our feet a little damp on the wet sand near the water's edge. We won't be doing any 'true' seascapes here - meaning you won't be going into the water as such.
Gear: as always a tripod is a must, some ND and graduated filters are a privilege and a wide angle lens will serve you best overall. Any kit lens around 18mm or 24mm will also work well.