Karekare Beach

In which Miles visits a west coast beach.

There is a gallery of 23 images below.  To view them on imgur, click here.

Back in Auckland and busy, I made a day of visiting Karekare Beach for the first time.

I arrived at about noon, and with lunch as the first order of business, I was happy to find that Karekare Falls is just a 5 minute walk from the car park.  After crossing a small bridge just past the car park, the falls are almost immediately visible from the road.

Karekare Falls.  View from the road, a short walk from the car park.
Karekare Falls. View from the road, a short walk from the car park.

There is a picnic area right at the falls, with plenty of shade and a great view.

Karekare Falls picnic area
Karekare Falls picnic area
Karekare Falls
Karekare Falls

After lunch I set out to find the beach.

Like many beaches on Auckland’s west coast, perhaps on much of New Zealand’s west coast, Karekare Beach is rough and potentially dangerous.  A sign near the car park proclaims the area to be “Wai Karekare: the bay of the boisterous seas”.  Visitors are warned of strong rips/currents, large waves, deep holes, and unstable cliffs, and also not to swim unless lifeguards are posted.

Walking path to Karekare Beach
Walking path to Karekare Beach

Like neighboring Piha Beach, Karekare has black sand, and a dark, foreboding landscape to match.  The west coast is remote and rugged, and those in search of relaxing, sunny beaches are advised to look on the Pacific coast of New Zealand.  Karekare, like the other west coast beaches,  offers a different kind of charm.

Karekare Beach 360° panorama
Karekare Beach 360° panorama

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Note that the beach shots are all 360° panoramas, or close to it.  Enjoy the gallery of 23 images below.  To view them on imgur, click here.

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