From the Kiwi Chronicles series

New Zealand I

January, 2016


In early 2016 I went on an almost four-week long road trip around New Zealand’s north island, hopping from place to place, going on hikes and part-time exploring the natural wonders of the Kiwiland.

Arrived in Auckland, after getting over the jet lag from a 40hrs-long journey—the longest I have ever been on—and after having settled a bit, I rented a 50cc scooter and hit the coast of Auckland Centennial Park where I spent over 4 days touring around and awing at the beauty of Tasman Sea and its beaches between Piha and Karekare.

Staying at an airbnb with a local family, I had the chance not only to live the life of natives for this short time, but I also got all the insights on what’s best to see and experience in the area.

As such, I explored a tiny bit of the amazing Comans Track, walking through dense bushes and along the great coast line of Auckland’s west coast, chilling in the waterfalls ponds and hiking up and down the hills of Karekare and Piha, getting freaked out by some massive bugs I’ve never seen before and listening to birds singing songs I have never heard.

This is a selection of impressions of my short but sweet stay in Karekare, New Zealand sometime early in 2016.


  • On the way to Karekare, Piha Road

  • On the way to Karekare, Piha Road

  • On the way to Karekare, Lone Kauri Road

  • Dropping the gear at the black sand beach of Karekare

  • Picking up souvenirs to take home

  • Black sand beach of Karekare

  • Great cliffs of Karekare coastline

  • Great cliffs of Karekare coastline

  • View over Piha and Muriwai coastline

  • Mercer Bay as seen from Comans Track

  • Mercer Bay as seen from Comans Track

  • Mercer Bay as seen from Comans Track

  • Black sand beach of Karekare

  • Local folk fishing on the cliffs of Karekare

  • Black sand beach of Karekare

  • Watchman’s Rock with its surf club, Karekare

  • Watchman’s Rock, golden hour time

  • Breathing in one of those amazing Karekare sunsets

  • Karekare sunset


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