Exploring Auckland’s West Coast Beaches (Part 2)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Auckland’s West Coast Beaches, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day Activity Continuing with exploring Auckland’s West Coast Beaches further north from Piha, I put together all the interesting facts and activity ideas for the remaining beaches. Anawhata Beach Anawhata Beach sits just north of Piha Beach. On Piha Road take a right turn to Anawhata Road and continue for another 10 kilometers on a gravel road through the lush forest, until you reach the car park. A quick workout downhill from the car park (partially gravel road and partially the bush) is needed to reach the seashore. It will take no more than 15-30 minutes. You’ll most often have the beach for yourself, so do head down from the car park if you’re seeking some quiet time and solitude. So worth it! Because of the slight remoteness, this beach doesn’t have a surf patrol, so be extra careful…

Do’s and Don’ts of Hawai’i

Hawai’i might be the destination you’ve been dreaming about for a while, especially if you’ve been contemplating an escape from long winter blues in the Southern Hemisphere. Direct flights from Auckland to O’ahu make this tropical paradise easily accessible. While exploring O’ahu and Maui Islands, I gathered some definite do’s and don’ts of Hawai’i that I now want to share with you. DO: Koko head Crater Trail (O’ahu Island) Best sweat with a view you can get on O’ahu in my opinion. You can never be too fit not to feel the burn when conquering those 1048 steps of the Koko Head Crater. The hike is straightforward, with railroad ties set as stairs. There are the railway bridge tracks with no bottom at about half way up that require a fair amount of caution. You might find it a bit challenging if you’re afraid of heights, especially when descending. Also,…

Scenic Te Henga Walkway

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Te Henga (Bethells Beach) Walkway, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day activity Auckland’s West Coast is known for some of the most amazing scenery in this part of New Zealand. Firstly, Waitakere Ranges transports you to a luscious rainforest reality, where you can get lost on numerous walking trails. In addition to that, West Coast beaches won’t leave you ambivalent either. Surfers love them and many swimmers find them thrilling and exciting on those hot summer days. The landscape here is rougher compared to the one on the Auckland’s East Coast. Two different Oceans provide distinct experiences and big contrasts in natural features within short 40 km distance. I’ve been frequently visiting the Waitakere rainforest and West Coast beaches, but have never really taken any longer walks or hikes that spread along this coastal area. I recently read about the 80 km long Hillary Trail that really got…