Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

I spent another weekend in New Zealand visiting my boyfriend who is currently working in Auckland. After a rainy Saturday, we were blessed with somewhat clear weather and decided, with a couple of friends, to take a Sunday drive , to Waitakere Rangers, located on the west coast, about an hour’s drive from Auckland CBD. Yet again, the spectacular natural beauty of New Zealand’s north island failed to disappoint. We visited Piha and Karekare (the beach were the movie The Piano was filmed) and were amazing at the rugged beauty of these beaches and the lushness of the near by rainforests.

We are still deciding where to go on my next weekend visit in October (after a short visit to the Middle East to attend a good friend’s wedding in Tel Aviv) – either the Bay of Islands or the Coromandel. So keep posted for some more photos and inspiration.
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Getting there:
I recommend you hire a car in Auckland – having your own car gives you so much more freedom and I’m not sure what the public transport is like from Auckland to Waitakere, if at all it exists. Take the freeway out west and then follow the signs to Waitakere, Piha and Karekare. Maybe it’s best to take a GPS with you just in case.

Eat:
We had a great lunch at Piha Cafe. They do amazing pizzas and have a great selection of healthy salads, cakes and drinks. The interiors a beautiful and it has a great laid back atmosphere and friendly staff.

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6 thoughts on “Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

  1. Hello Jade, you have great photos! I was wondering if we could use a few of your scenic shots of Piha, on the Piha Cafe website that I am currently building. It’s good to hear that you liked our cafe, and I will credit your photos with your name of course. Come back some time. Kindest regards, Natalie.
    Natalie.Knight@pihacafe.com

      • Hi Jade.
        Thank you for replying and for letting us use your photos. If you can send me high resolution of the B+W Lion rock one with the two surfers. The large one of the view of North Piha landscape with the sand, blown grasses and blue sky. The top two on this page. Are they your favourites? Any other scenic ones of the Lion rock would be cool too and I like the footprints in the sand. 🙂

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