Hike challenging rainforest and clifftop trails
Karekare Beach Auckland New Zealand
Cave Rock lookout
Hikers follow the walking trail uphill to a spectacular vantage point which dwarfs the 200 foot high Karekare Beach falls in the valley below. Enjoy the complete panorama of Karekare Beach front from a lookout notorious in native Maori history as the site of a massacre of the local tribe.
The Watchman from
Karekare Beach Lodge
Challenging uphill trek through rainforest then rocky pathway
to awesome narrow knife edge viewing point. Walk the ancient historic
fortified position site of desperate to hand to hand combat during
conflicts. This extreme walking trail, although short, demands
of careful hikers a good sense of balance and a head for heights.
Trek the timber trail
Dependent on tide, trek along a discovery trail of the historic
Kauri railway. Through the rainforest glade to cross Karekare
surf beach then follow the trails south over the rocky point
to emerge onto the sand dune landscape with wetlands flanked by
cliffs and the surf of the ocean. Walk the trail quietly through
his natural wonderland to observe native birdlife in this designated
nature sanctuary. A hand hewn rock tunnel provides access through
another headland near the mouth of the Paraha stream. Return via
either the surfer beach
or over the rainforest cliffs via Mount Zion for the really fit.
These walks cover hiking trails only suitable for those holiday trekkers with above average fitness.
Thanks to Bob Harvey for the use of photos from his private
collection and from the books 'Rolling Thunder' & 'Untamed Coast'.