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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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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 149 W: 0 N: 265] (1565)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-02-24
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-22 22:59
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