We went to an eastern beach in Northland that was almost Utah-like. The sand was hard as cement and billed as completely drivable with a 2WD vehicle. The vehicle depicted is the one we'd been driving since Gisborne. (Did I mention that Gisborne has regular earthquakes, including several mild ones during the morning just before we got there?)
In the Hawkes Bay/Gisborne area, the sandstone jutted into the water, a la Tolaga Bay. Here it fringed the beach and had more of a structural than cliff-like feel. Also, Tolaga's were more gray, and these are more brown. Both show significant effects of erosion from wind and water.