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Anawhata

Anawhata is one of those regional parks that is really mostly just a beach.  But as the Auckland Council page says “Anawhata is a spectacular beach that can only be reached by foot. Because it is less accessible, it is much quieter than other beaches in the Waitakere Ranges“.  But on the map it looks like Anawhata Road will get you very close to the beach.

Have a look at Anawhata Beach on Google Maps.

Anawhata Beach
Anawhata Beach

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The Arataki Visitor Centre is on the way to Anawhata, so I stopped in to see what advice they could offer.  The lady told me that Anawhata Road is an 11km long narrow gravel road, that the locals drive it very fast, and to leave no valuables in my car.  These are all common to rural roads in New Zealand.  She also told me that the walk from Anawhata Road is very short.  She offered me another option – walking to Anawhata Beach from North Piha.  I wanted a walk, and avoiding Anawhata Road sounded good, so I chose the latter approach.  This involved walking in reverse part of the Marawhara – White – Rose – Laird Thomson Track Circuit in North Piha that I walked earlier this winter.

I started by parking in the carpark at the end of North Piha Road and walking north along the beach.

Piha Beach, Lion Rock and Taitomo Island in the distance
Piha Beach, Lion Rock and Taitomo Island in the distance

I was able to get a better shot of some interesting sea caves at the north end of Piha Beach.

Sea caves at the north end of Piha Beach
Sea caves at the north end of Piha Beach

At the north end of the beach a track leads up the steep coastal hills, with an option to walk out to Te Whaha Point.

Te Whaha Point
Te Whaha Point

I walked as far as the saddle before Te Whaha Point, and had lunch while enjoying the view of Whites Beach.

Whites Beach
Whites Beach

A look at these hills from near Te Whaha point gives no indication as to how steep the climb to Anawhata Road actually is.  Most of that climb is a paved driveway, and the rest is gravel and not at all muddy, but it is a monster climb.

Inland from Te Whaha Point
Inland from near Te Whaha Point

It was easy to find the trail at the end of Anawhata Road that leads down to the beach.  You get some nice views of the beach as you approach, and the surrounding landscape is impressive as well.

Approaching Anawhata Beach
Approaching Anawhata Beach
Anawhata Beach
Anawhata Beach

A rock and pool at the entrance to the beach has a lot more character than they first reveal.

Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
Rock and pool at the entrance to the Anawhata Beach

Other interesting features are likewise not immediately visible.

View from the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
View from the entrance to the Anawhata Beach
View from the middle of Anawhata Beach
View from the middle of Anawhata Beach

It was an overcast and chilly day.  There was one person at the beach when I arrived, but she soon left.  It took me some time to walk there, and I didn’t want to do the walk back in the dark, so I didn’t stay too long.  The tide was in, and the stream was deep enough that I didn’t make it to the other part of the beach beyond the ridge!

Anawhata Beach
Anawhata Beach

The part of Anawhata Road I saw was well-packed gravel.  That doesn’t tell me anything about the other 10km, but I might consider driving back at some point, depending on the kind of outing I’m looking for.  Anawhata Beach has a lot of character, and I’d like to see the rest of it!

You can view the full gallery of 21 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.