North end of Piha Beach

North Piha

In which Miles walks the Marawhara – White – Rose – Laird Thomson Track Circuit in North Piha.

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A lovely barista at my favorite Auckland cafe reminded me that there are many more walks available at some of the places I have visited around the Auckland area.  She recommended a walk north of Piha Beach  A Google search turned up this page, and I chose the walk she suggested – and mentally filed away the others for future reference.

Across from the carpark a couple of carved Tuatara flank a private driveway.

Tuatara
Tuatara

Lion Rock, Piha’s most famous landmark, is visible from the start of the track.

Lion Rock
Lion Rock
Start of the Marawhara Walk
Start of the Marawhara Walk

The track climbs through some nice bush and at some point becomes White Track.

Marawhara or White Track
Marawhara or White Track
Marawhara or White Track
Marawhara or White Track

Soon enough I was treated to another view of Lion Rock from a higher vantage point.

Lion Rock and Piha Beach
Lion Rock and Piha Beach

White Track ends at Anawhata Road.  A short walk along the road leads to Laird Thomson Track, which descends toward the coast.

Piha Beach and Lion Rock from Laird Thomson Track
Piha Beach and Lion Rock from Laird Thomson Track

Te Waha point is visible from Laird Thomson Track.

Te Whaha Point
Te Whaha Point
Laird Thomson Track
Laird Thomson Track

Te Whaha Point is a nice vantage point with great views in all directions.

Te Waha Point
Te Waha Point

I decided not to walk down to Whites Beach, but I got some nice views of it along the way to, and on, Te Whaha Point.

Whites Beach
Whites Beach
Weather over the Tasman Sea
Weather over the Tasman Sea
Sea caves near Whites Beach
Sea caves near Whites Beach

From Te Whaha Point it is a short walk down to Piha Beach.

Piha Beach
Piha Beach

I followed the beach back to the carpark.

Te Waha Point from Piha Beach
Te Waha Point from Piha Beach
Sea caves on Piha Beach
Sea caves on Piha Beach

The evening light improved an already impressive landscape.

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South end of Piha Beach
South end of Piha Beach
North end of Piha Beach
North end of Piha Beach

The following weekend I returned for another walk in the area.  Weather and other factors did not cooperate, but I was able to get the picture below, overlooking Lion Rock and Piha Beach, with Te Waha Point in the distance.

Lion Rock, Piha Beach, Te Waha Point in the distance
Lion Rock, Piha Beach, Te Waha Point in the distance

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