If you find yourself pressing footprints all by yourself in black sand, between fenced off hills and the amazing music of waves, you are sure to be in Auckland at the Karekare beach. It’s difficult to believe that this serene place is the smallest settlement in the northern coast of New Zealand where the large black sand surf beach is surrounded with Waitakere Ranges.
The locals have done what it takes to keep the beach away from tourist so that the spot makes you feel that you are just a speck in this powerful space on Earth. This beach was shown in the Oscar winning movie “The Piano” of Jane Campionin in 1993 and by just looking at it you so want to be there. Even Niki Caro directed story of “Memory and Desire” on this beach.
Nevertheless, Karekare beach is popular among the locals and the Aucklanders during summer time. The beach offers a promising time for swimmers and surfers, but the swimmers are advised to swim between the flags and the surfers patrol is only during summer.
Surprisingly, this beach is not only for swimmers and surfers but also for people who love adventure. A walking track is available to tickle the adventure streak in you.The waterfall is a must see for all the walkers. The 200 feet waterfall leaves you in awe of the place. The water falls into a pool that is surrounded by rocks that are dramatic and outcrops alongside the Opal pool.
This is beautifully surrounded by the lush native rainforest, which makes it a perfect picnic spot- right in front of the waterfall. If you are a movie buff and have watched “Xena Warrior Princess” you would not have missed this spot. The trunks of the ancient pohutukawa tree that grows from the sand dunes to create a wonderful archway for the hiking trail is Oh! so beautiful. During summer this is beautifully decorated with a great number of blooms in fiery red.
The lodges at Karekare are very inviting and relaxing. The lodges are setup facing the beach, for you to enjoy the beach every minute. It’s affordable and reasonable prices, offering various services gives you the time for pampering yourself to heights. The Karekare beach leaves you in complete awe of nature and it’s surroundings keeps you hypnotized for a long time. It’s a beautiful place to be if you need to unwind yourself from your busy schedule.