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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.…

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.…

Pou Whenua: Karekare

Pou Whenua: Karekare

Pou Whenua: Karekare

This pou (carved pole) is close to the Karekare car park, in the direction of the surf club. It signifies the spiritual guardianship of Te Kawarau a Maki of the place. “It also recognises that Karekare is a special place to be enjoyed and respected by all.”…

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