On 26 November 2016, a small group consisting of 4 South Koreans, 2 Japanese and myself left Auckland Institute of Studies at 10am and headed for Piha Beach and Karekare Beach on Auckland’s west coast. We arrived at the Lookout over Piha Beach at approximately 10.45am and were on the beach not long after.
Destination: Piha and Karekare
While it was cool when we first arrived, the weather improved quickly, and we had a blue sky with some clouds for most of the day and it was about 20 degrees, although it was cooler at Karekare, which was strange because Karekare is only 10 minutes from Piha.
We first walked up the steep, narrow track to Tasman Lookout, and we had great views over the beach from there.
After this, we walked along the Tasman Lookout Track, enjoying the views and wound up at the Gap, which is as the name suggests a gap in the rock cliffs where the sea often crashes through in spectacular fashion and this was definitely the case on this day.
From the Gap, we wandered over to the Keyhole, a hole naturally cut through the rock which, like the Gap, is always great for photos.
Everybody was getting hungry so we then went back to the van, got our food and had a picnic on the grass area near the carpark.
We drove the short distance to Karekare Beach and walked to Karekare Beach Lookout and then walked down the narrow track past lots of lupins with their yellow flowers and explored Karekare Beach. An interesting feature on this particular day was the seafoam which is created by the power of the surf. As the sun hit it, it lit up with the colours of the rainbow – truly beautiful.
From Karekare Beach, we walked back to the carpark and then 15 minutes to Karekare Falls.
After a while at the Falls we went back to Piha to get some hot chips from Adey’s, the takeaways at the beach, and finally drove back to AIS, returning at about 6pm.