Pakiri Beach looking south

Pakiri

In which Miles visits Pakiri Regional Park to conclude his tour of Auckland’s northernmost regional parks.

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When I arrived at Pakiri I looked around for information about walks.  I found none, so I asked a member of what looked like a walking group.  It was.  They had walked along the coast from Goat Island Marine Reserve to the south.  I was told that there were no bush walks, but the beach stretches a great distance from the carpark to the south, and even farther to the north.  So a beach walk it was!

Pakiri Beach looking north
Pakiri Beach looking north

The 52 hectare Pakiri was purchased in late 2005.   It includes includes 900 meters of sandy coastal foreshore.

Pakiri Beach looking south
Pakiri Beach looking south

The park is closely bounded by private property at the back, and signs remind you not to trespass.

Private property near main beach entrance
Private property near main beach entrance

The surrounding landscape is tempting.

Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach

There are apparently a number of stands of pohutukawa trees, so December, when they are in bloom, would be a great time to visit Pakiri.

Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach

I saw tuatua, a type of shellfish, lying half buried, or unburied, all over Pakiri Beach.  I would assume that there are many more beneath the sand.

Tuatua
Tuatua

On my way in I saw couple carrying bags full of muscles.  The limit for tuatua is 50 per day per person in Auckland, 150 elsewhere in New Zealand.  I believe it is the same for muscles.

Tuatua
Tuatua

Pakiri Regional Park is all beach, but it is a large, remote and quiet beach, and pristine and beautiful as well.

Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach

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