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Mercer Bay Loop Track

Looking North

Looking North

We took advantage of the fine weather on Saturday and walked the Mercer Bay Loop Track, a beautiful walk of about one hour, halfway between Piha and Karekare. The highest cliffs of the Waitakere ranges are found here, and the breaking waves far below the viewing platform provide a spectacle for eyes and ears.…

Looking Down

Tasman Sea Meets Waitakere Ranges

Tasman Sea Meets Waitakere Ranges

Te Ahua Point is about 200 metres above sea level, on the Mercer Bay Loop Walk. Here we look straight down as the waves crash into the cliffs below.

The Mercer Bay Loop Walk featured on these pages before.…

Midwinter Beach Party

South Piha

South Piha

When I walked the Mercer Bay Loop the other day, I also went down to Piha. These people came just at the right time to provide a colourful foreground on the otherwise deserted beach. Must have been the filming of a commercial or some such.…

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

Pou Whenua: Hinerangi

This pou depicts Hinerangi gazing out over the sea, mourning her husband who had been taken by the waves while fishing the treacherous waters of the Tasman Sea. The carving is by Sunnah Thompson of Te Kawerau a Maki, recently unveiled (April 21, 2011).…

At the Edge

Mercer Bay Loop Track

Mercer Bay Loop Track

The highest cliffs (of up to 200 metres) of the Waitakere ranges are between Piha and Karekare near Mercer Bay. The Hillary Trail takes in part of the Mercer Bay Loop Track from which these pictures were taken.…

Manuka Shrub

Manuka Shrub at Top of Mercer Bay

Manuka Shrub at Top of Mercer Bay

On the Mercer Bay Loop Track we encountered this manuka shrub (leptospermum scoparium) covered in blossom. The heights above Mercer Bay are totally exposed to the weather from the west, so upright growth is not an option.…

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