Karekare Beach, famous for its appearance in the film The Piano, is the epitome of a wild west-coast beach. With cliffs, raging surf, streams, windswept dunes and black sand, Karekare is an exhilarating location in all weathers. Backed by second-growth forests, Karekare was the focus of kauri milling operations at the turn of the century. Remains of tramlines can be seen to the south, on the way to Whatipu beach. Pools of sea water, suitable for children to swim in, often form at the northern end of the beach. Climb up onto the rocks to watch the surfcasters in action. The beach opens daily at 7:30 a.m.
Attractions & Landmarks, Beaches/Bodies of Water