Early Morning Ocean View at Pakiri Beach
If you love to surf and you live in the North Auckland Region then you will have been to Pakiri Beach.
Getting to Pakiri Beach
It can be a bit of a mission especially if you are unfamiliar with driving on windy, rough metal roads. There are a couple of different travel routes and they may not be as trialling as travelling via the Leigh road. But I can only offer information from this morning’s experience of travelling this route.
This morning I grabbed the cameras and headed from Warkworth out to Leigh via Matakana Rd. The road to Leigh is ok a little narrow and windy but sealed all the way. Passing Leigh and continuing on past the Goat Island turn off the road, still sealed, winds up, twists and turns and then towards the top becomes unsealed rough metal. Travelling down the other side is the challenge, with many narrow one way patches and sharp corners to negotiate
If you love surfing and isolated beaches then travel with care and you will soon be there.
The Camera and a Sea View
The ocean beaches have always been a top choice for early morning photography as the sun comes up over the east coast and the sea looks at it’s best.
What will you find at Pakiri Beach?
Sea, Sand, and Surf along with sea birds. There is little else at Pakiri, a few houses, farmland, etc. There is the Pakiri Beach holiday park and store. If you are planning a visit to this coastline I would recommend a full tank of gas and a well-stocked picnic hamper. There are also local horse excursions along the beach. I shall put the link here to their website, they also have cabins available on this site. Click Here. Here is a link to the Holiday Park Click Here If a beautiful white sandy surf beach is your thing then this is for you.
Did I mention a great beach for photography.?
My Story to Tell
I have visited Pakiri Beach on occasion over the years but perhaps the most memorable occasion was my first visit. The beach is beautiful yet as with any surf beach there is a strong undertow and as a small child, towed under I was, along with my older sister to whom was standing in the waves next to me. If it had not been for our long hair and dad managing to grab a fist full of hair from each of us and pull us up who knows what may have happened. That day I learned to treat the surf with respect.