Auckland Beaches: Karekare
|Karekare: Vaughn, Rob and Scott check out the surf - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
The Maori named this wild beach for its boisterous waters.
|Karekare: Phyllis surfcasting. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
The sense of isolation here inspired New Zealand film-maker Jane Campion
to cast Karekare as the lonely shoreline in her dark Victorian tale "The Piano".
|Karekare: seaside memorials are set into the cliffs along the coast. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
Set into the cliffs to the north is a plaque of remembrance, one of
hundreds in every corner of the country, this one for two dozen surf lifesavers who left for war in Europe.
To the south you can follow the path of the old rail-line around the
coast to a stranded steam
engine boiler. Check the tides first or you my be stranded with it.
|Karekare: An escape from the heat at Karekare Falls. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
A short hike up the road behind the beach, the Karekare Falls tumble
into a shady clearing.
60 minutes drive from central Auckland. Head west to the suburb of Glen
Eden. Take West Coast Road
and turn right onto Scenic Drive. Turn left onto Piha Road and follow
it to Karekare Road. Another
route is through the next suburb south, Titirangi, then onto Scenic
Drive, Piha Road, then Karekare
A caution: These beaches are inviting but rough. Be careful in the water and on the rocks - see The Rules.