The very first time I went to Te Arai beach was because my son was going to a camp next to a lake that is very close to the beach. I had been to Mangawhai many times over yet had no idea that this beautiful piece of coast called Te Arai even existed.
Naturally the surfie’s had found Te Arai long ago, as I soon found out.
You know NZ has the most amazing coastline and plenty of it.
As you head out of Auckland’s calm East Coast Bays and then get an inkling of east coast surf as you pass via Orewa beach. Travelling on past Wenderholm and Mahurangi West Regional parks. Then bypassing the sheltered swimming beaches of the Mahurangi East. You get another taste of surf at Tawharanui Regional Park and Omaha. Continue on up the coast north to find the beautiful deep swimming beach, Matheson’s Bay and over past our popular Marine Reserve, Goat Island. You soon come across Pakiri Beach which is a nice Surf beach. Following the coast up from there it gets even better with Te Arai and Mangawhai, for unstopped surf.
Times are Changing.
Now I have not been to Te Arai for a few years. and I have heard reports that there is some sort of building taking place up there. I guess it was bound to come as it has everywhere else. The times that I have been there the beach has been just forestry bush, sand and sea.
Check out Images.
I can easily search images on Google, I just did, and there are some beautiful scenic images. It still looks untouched and how I remember it.
What amazed me
When I first went to Te Arai what amazed me was the way the beach was split into two sections. Two different ways in, two different car parks depending on what side of the beach you want to be on. Stranger still is the little rocky enclosed inlet in the centre where thousands of shells have washed in and the surging seawater squeezes in between the gap. It looks like almost a safe place for a dip if you want to escape the surf. But I suspect caution may be needed with the surge of the sea coming and going between the rocks.