Karekare beach, Waitakere City, Auckland, New Zealand:
movie location where rugged rainforest meets the dramatic black
sand surf coast.
Kauri timber tramway
Colonial arrivals also cultivated the valley as they laboured to extract the timber wealth from the dense Kauri forest.
Anne Robinson glassware
cast tanoa glass bowl
Karekare beach drew early New Zealand painters and photographers all seeking to capture the dramatic essence of this special place.
This pursuit continues today with Karekare drawing film makers and a variety of artists whose work in all mediums greatly enriches our community.
The Piano movie
You may recognise the beach as location for Jane Campion's triple Oscar award winning movie The Piano, from episodes of the television series Xena Warrior Princess
or perhaps from the videos of New Zealand pop icons Crowded House. The sand dunes and beach are also frequently used as backdrops for fashion shoots.
Xena Warrior Princess
Fortunately this fame has not been allowed to come at the expense of compromising Karekare's essential wilderness feeling. Regular events at the beach include the Karekare surf club competitions and the famous Karekare beach horse races in February each year, evocative of a bygone age.
Waitakere's Eco-City Council carefully plans access and development and this, along with an enduring commitment by the small local community,
ensures the preservation of Karekare beach's unique character.
Whilst a guest at Karekare Beach Lodge you are urged to embrace these eco-friendly values.
Please take only photographs - leave only footprints.
Thanks to Bob Harvey for the use of photos from his private collection and from the books Rolling Thunder & Untamed Coast.