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Anawhata dreaming

They predicted showers, overcast skies, and general miserableness this weekend, instead it was gloriously sunny and warm. I spent Saturday cutting gorse in just the right temperatures, then Sunday, a  [ Read More ]

Kohunui Bay

The name means the sea mist that hangs in this small, remote bay at the end of North Piha Beach. Although only 5 minutes walk from the North Piha carpark,  [ Read More ]


Anawhata is north of White’s Beach. You can walk from Piha, or there is a long winding metal road that turns off Piha Road. Anawhata is part of the regional  [ Read More ]

White’s Beach

White’s Beach is a small beach to the north of Piha. On the headland between North Piha and White’s Beach, the Te Waha point was the site of one of  [ Read More ]

Mercer Bay

Mercer Bay is to the south of the Piha between The Gap and Karekare. It sits at the bottom of precipitous cliffs, the highest in the Auckland region in this  [ Read More ]

The Gap

The Gap is a low point between Taitomo Island and cliffs where waves come crashing through, providing a spectacular sight in big surf. At low tide a pool is created  [ Read More ]

Puaotetai Bay

This bay is located between Taitomo Island and the mainland. Its name denotes the foam that piles up on the beach in stormy weather. Opening onto the beach is a  [ Read More ]

Whatipu Scientific Reserve

The broad black sand beach south of Karekare running down to the entrance to the Manukau Harbour is the Whatipu Scientific Reserve, a large sand accretion that has built up  [ Read More ]