Karekare ~ New Zealand Beach Files

In which I visit Karekare Beach

Karekare Beach is just a short drive away from Piha so it’s definitely worth stopping by on your way to, or from there. It’s the most fun driving down the windy, windy road to Karekare, tests your cornering anyway!

The lowdown:

Where: 7km from Piha, roughly 40km from Auckland
Best for: Watching the sunset (I didn’t do it myself, but it was going to be fantastic!), walking the lengthy sands
Famous for: Karekare falls, long, long beach!

Before heading to the beach itself, it’s worth checking out Karekare falls. Whilst not the biggest waterfall ever, it’s tucked down a secluded track just below the road and looks lovely in all its natural glory. With it being summer, there wasn’t a lot of water falling, however I’m sure in the winter this changes!

Karekare falls

Next was to head onto Karekare beach itself. Now, I’m not sure if we did it correctly, however, we waded through the stream to get there. There was probably a dry way to go, but that wouldn’t have been adventurous!

We weren’t expecting the scale of the beach, considering how small the entrance is. It’s huge and long and seems to go on for miles and miles into the distance.

Karekare beach

Didn’t quite blend in the panorama but you get the idea!

Such a big beach, hardly anyone around, this called for jumping photos!

First attempts were not very successful.

Fortunately we managed to get our acts together and take some better ones!

There was also an opportunity for cheesy shots, gotta be done I’m afraid!

The sun was setting and we made a small error as we really should have stuck around to see it, as the sky was so clear and there is nothing to obstruct your view at Karekare. Maybe next time.

Karekare beach sun

What do you make of Karekare Beach? Somewhere you’d like to visit?

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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    • Thanks Tim – the waterfall is pretty awesome, just was disappointed at the lack of Pohutekawa flowers in bloom around it!

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  1. Looks like a blast! I remember doing stuff like this with friends when I was younger. Those were great times…

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