Red Beach, KareKare and Lion's Head Rock
10.08.2015 - 10.08.2015 8 °C
So I'm lucky enough to have friends in Auckland. And even luckier to have one who has a car. (Thanks Chris).
So on August 10, a random day where we were both not really up to much, we headed off in search of adventure and photos and stuff.
Th first stop was Red Beach. We had decided to head north as it was pretty chilly in Auckland and we figured heading nearer the equator would improve our chances of sunshine.
It didn't QUITE work, as I still had to keep about five layers on the entire day, but was worth the drive for the beautiful views.
Below are a few pictures from Red Beach (taken before dashing back to the car and out of the freezing cold wind).....
Next on the list was KareKare, which (and I quote), is home to the "boisterous sea". Fat chance of us going swimming anyway, as it was flipping freezing and blowing a gale, but we were more than happy to appreciate the view from land. And yes, it did look rather choppy.
At one point it even almost caught us out, as we got a bit close to the shoreline and then a big wave came and soaked our feet. Thankfully Chris got it worse than I did (mwahahaha).
KareKare was not only beautiful, but it was the area in which a lot of the Xena: Warrior Princess series was filmed. I'm sad to say I didn't spot Lucy Lawless out fighting crime while I was there, but you could tell from the stunning scenery that this would be an ideal shooting location for a movie or show. Some of it actually looks painting on it is so pretty.
The last pit stop of the day was Lion's Head Rock in Piha Beach. It is so called because at certain times of day in certain seasons, the sunlight is said to light up the rock face like a golden mane. From some angles, it also does look a bit like a lion, although a rock slide a few years back means it isn't how it used to look. But use your imagination....
As with so many places I visit in New Zealand, the landscape is just stunning and feels like England....only so much better. It's green and lush like England, but as the countryside is so much more vast, you can drive for miles without seeing another car or house.
It takes a lot to beat Australia, (for me personally) but I think New Zealand is starting to get there....