Yeah, access was easy. Just drive down a road, cross railroad (give-way signs), there is a creek on one side and a farmers paddock (airstrip?) on the other. Just watch out for the sudden cliff at the end of the road . Might not be 100% public but it looks like a well used access.
I reckon Clifford Bay would have been rough today, but Kekerengu south to Kaikoura is normally calm during norwesters and it was. Plus swellmap was showing calm seas so I decided to check it out.