Between the popular beaches of Karekare & Piha on Auckland's West Coast is the small beach known as Mercer Bay to which the only access is a scramble down the steep slopes or a hazardous journey in by sea. But the views of the bay from a walking track are superb. In a local Maori legend the bay was created when an ancestor, Tiriwa, dug a big chunk of the coast and hoisted it onto his back, strode over the hill & out into the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland. As the cold waters reached his loins he gasped & dropped his load & thus Rangitoto Island, the landmark that dominates the entrance to Auckland Harbour, was created. The Maori name fort Mercer Bay, Te Unuhunga o Rangitoto, reflects this story. The English name comes from an earlier European settler who tried, unsuccessfully, to farm this area.
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HimalAnda (10669) 2014-03-23 0:15
This is a nice landscape of this desertic beach.
The composition is good, the light is nice.
It should be very interesting to hike there.
ivtchik (836) 2014-03-23 3:43
Kia Ora Neil !
C'est une très belle petite plage que tu nous proposes, assez typique de la Nouvelle-zélande si je me souviens bien.. cela redonne juste l'envie d'y retourner..
dekanski (5794) 2014-03-24 11:40
The gorgeous beach. Excellent POV. Great!
dta (80328) 2014-03-24 11:46
Hello neil ,
A superb plunging view on this isolated beach . I like a lot this kind of place , so far from the crowd .
ChrisJ (116676) 2014-04-12 15:00
The black sand beach lets us know this area is or was volcanic in the recent past. A fantastic downward pov with impeccable sharpness and good framing. The fg grasses add depth and frame the beach. Excellent colour and saturation. The horizon is well placed off centre. Tfs!
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-12 22:42
Great Pov, looking down these cliffs to the sea.Looks very rugged, sea looks relativity calm.
Interesting note, not the land to farm though, maybe mountain goats or sheep hey.
Well managed, Tfs.