Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Sunday, December 04, 2005


We've just had a fantastic weekend. Friday night we met up with a group of other backpackers in town and had a great night out, we all arranged to meet up again on Saturday morning in Piha.

Piha is a tiny little beach town (one shop, one bar etc) about 30 miles from our house. The drive there took about an hour through really beautiful scenery. Then we turned the corner and got our first glimpse of Piha beach - WOW! Really long, beautiful ironsand beach with huge waves. We had a great day messing about on the beach and spent hours in the sea - it was so hot that it was impossible to walk on the sand without your flip flops!

Then that evening we watched a beautiful sunset over the ocean. We all stayed in the backpackers beside the beach which is this amazing house (like you'd see on MTV cribs) surrounded by beautiful greenery with a little river running through the garden that leads up to a waterfall where you can also swim. Had a BBQ on the deck and just chilled out with some music and chatting to the others. A perfect end to a perfect day.

This morning we travelled back to Auckland via Karekare beach. This is the beach where they filmed the Piano a few years ago. It's really beautiful and quite rugged but we loved Piha much more. It's so close to home that we reckon we'll be spending a lot of weekends there....


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