This medium sized wharf is just round the corner and up the road from Maraetai. I went about two hours before low tide on a 20 degree day and was disappointed by how many people were there ... people ruin good scenery photos! But if you slow the shutter right down, they turn into a blur or even disappear altogether.
I have minimal photo editing skills. And having learnt old school on film, believe if you take a good pic in the first place you don't need to edit it. But I did tutu (a word kiwi English has borrowed from Maori meaning 'to play') with these ones in picmonkey to crop them and add/remove the colour.
I imagine this place gets packed in summer. I think it would also make good winter photos with the big sky.