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Carole & Stuart Roscoe
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Rainforest adventure walking trails and beach treks of Karekare Auckland New Zealand

These nature walks cover hiking trails suitable for most age groups and fitness levels. Duration is about one hour including stops. Easy return to day car park at any stage of the trek.

Union Bay

Watchman Saddle

> Union Bay > stream > Karekare Beach > dunes > pohutukawa glade > waterfall.
An amazing trail takes you through rainforest to a stunning vantage point over, then down, to Union Bay, where Sir Edmund Hillary (conqueror of Everest) was photographed for 'Vanity Fair' magazine. The nature trail then crosses the stream to Karekare's famous Piano surfer beach returning via the dunes and glade to finish with the easy walk to the beautiful (Xena's) waterfall and opal pools.


Union Bay & Karekare Beach
looking south to Whatipu

Tasman lookout

Trek the trail over Watchman Saddle, don't descend to Union Bay but hike uphill through rainforest to the north cliffs. Easy stages and plenty of scenic rest stops making this walk enjoyable. The view from the lookout over the Tasman Sea encompassing the sweep of Union Bay, Karekare Beach, and all the way to the south down Auckland's dramatic west coast is unforgettable. The very best of walking to Auckland New Zealand scenic wonders!

Thanks to Bob Harvey for the use of photos from his private collection and from the books 'Rolling Thunder' & 'Untamed Coast'.

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