If we were having a competition for the perfect view of the perfect golden crescent beach in NZ, this view of Tautuku Bay would be close. It is probably the best argument for touring the Catlins from the north. After about a 20 to 30 km drive past Catlins Lake and through farmland from the Catlins River mouth (depending on your route), you reach the Florence Lookout. The first pic is the view of the bay.
Drive down to the beach and walk around. Expect more seals lying about. It is also a surf destination for those who take it seriously.