My local area has a number of live webcams. You can even zoom and move the cameras yourself on some of them.
Sometimes you have to take turns if there's someone else
looking at the girls in their bikinis seeing if the waves are big enough for surfing.
You can see the waves and people on the Main beach, and another cam sited at the Powerboat and Yacht Clubrooms gives you nice views over the Bridge Marina, Mount Manganui ('The Mount'), the harbour entrance and the port where you can see if there's any cruise ships in. I checked a few minutes ago and a big ship was just leaving.
Anyway, here's the link Enjoy!
Don't forget if you are from the rest of the world you won't see much in our nighttime. Perhaps something to do if you're up in the middle of the night, while you drink your cocoa. Or some-such.