Kia ora from Piha Beach!  Pronounced, pee-ha.

I’d say it was about a 3.5 hour drive from the Kauri Coast Holiday Top 10 to my AirBnB here in Piha.  It was as green and gorgeous as the previous photos I’ve presented with rolling hills of green, sometimes populated by cows or sheep and sometimes populated by green grass and wildflowers.  It is so crazy beautiful here…everywhere I look!

You know…ever since I got to NZ, this place has felt familiar (did I say this already?) and I’ve been trying to decide what it reminds me of.  I’ve decided what I’ve seen of NZ so far reminds me of a cross between Scotland and Hawaii, with perhaps a dash of Costa Rica, and a sprinkling of Indiana Jones.  It’ll be fun to see what differences I encounter as I move South.

Many of you may have seen the photo below on Facebook, but I’m posting it again because I am astonished by its beauty.  How fortunate am I to have been able to experience it and how fortunate is my host to call this little slice of Heaven home?

View from my AirBnB on Beach Valley Road, Piha.

The sun was out in all its glory when I arrived yesterday afternoon, so after meeting my host and dropping my stuff, I set straight out for Kitekite Falls, pronounced, kit-tee kit-tee, not kite kite.  Ha!  Caughtcha!  I did the same, of course.

It’s a beautiful walk through the woods next to the stream that flows out of the pool at the base of the falls and is only about 1.7 miles round trip.  As a bonus though, I’m told the stair count is about 200 and they are all in a row getting up to the base of the Falls, just in case you were thinking it was a completely leisurely stroll. Every step of the way was completely beautiful as you can imagine.

Copy and paste this link to your browser and you’ll see a live action video of the 131 foot, 3 tier Falls for yourself.

https://youtube.com/shorts/bILgeobjvSg

My host, Jacqui, is a complete delight.  She is her own woman indeed.  We hit it off immediately and she invited me to join her on her morning walk the next day, which is today.  She took me from her front door, down to the beach where we walked its length to the North end and started climbing up and over an outcropping and back down the other side onto a beach called, Whites Beach, maybe 7 miles or so round trip.  And best of all, her dog, Freddie and the dog she is presently dog sitting, Topsy, got to go with us.  This was my first “dog fix” since leaving home and boy was it a welcome treat.

Here are Jacqui and the dogs. Topsy on the left and Freddie on the right.  In this shot, we are about halfway up the beach and are heading toward that wooded land mass in the distance.  Anyone know what that type of outcropping is called?  Headland, maybe? Well, that is what we hiked up and over…short but oh so steep on the far side as you will see.

On the beach, we came across some pink jellyfish as well as these blue ones called, Blue Bottles.  You see that long tentacle?  That’s its stinger which Jacqui says will feel like bee stings.  I asked if any of the jellyfish will kill you like in Australia and she told me nothing in NZ will kill you.  Not surprising for such an extremely friendly Country.  I don’t think she told me the name of the pink ones, but I understand they are too polite to sting.

This little bit of gorgeous is the view from the top of the outcropping/headland looking down onto Whites Beach.  Point of note:  The Gannet Colony from the previous post is not too far around that point in the distance. Just up the coast as the crow flies or I should say, as the gannet flies.  Ha!  I crack myself up.

And here are Topsy and Jacqui making their way down to Whites Beach.  It’s hard to  tell how steep it is from the photo, but I guess the chain might give it away.

This next shot is of Piha Beach taken from on top of the outcropping coming back the other way, which reminds me, I just now learned that acquaintances of mine from the Inca Trail come to Piha from Australia to surf.  Very cool.  I love how the world works.

And these next two are more wildflowers along the side of the road.  (thinking of you, June and MaryLou)

That’s it for now from Piha.  Heavy rains and storms are in the cards for tomorrow.  The advance scouts have already arrived, so I’m especially grateful for the past two days of sunshine.  We shall see what the day holds as I am booked to be here through the day tomorrow.

Thanks for joining the fun.

Until next time.  You know, I just realized I don’t think anyone has seen the AMAZing video from Cape Reinga, what with all the video snafus of late, so just in case that’s the case, I’ll include the link here.   You know the drill (for now), cut, paste, and enjoy.

 

https://youtube.com/shorts/aczjs53aMiY

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Comments:

  • Rusty Hunt

    November 29, 2022

    That’s great that you hit it off with your host. Beautiful beach and flowers!

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  • Mary Lou & June

    November 29, 2022

    What beauty you are enjoying! The wildflowers are amazing❣️

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  • Marcia Bronson

    November 29, 2022

    I am so enjoying your posts! What a amazing views and people! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    November 29, 2022

    M. This is Kenyon. The YouTube link for Cape Regina did not work : (
    Otherwise your posts are amazing! Keep them coming. xoxo

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  • Kenyon

    November 29, 2022

    Never mind, I found it on youtube site.

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  • Brian Fumagali

    November 29, 2022

    What a beautiful place. Enjoying your travel adventures and pictures. Stay safe and keep on traveling !

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    • Margie

      November 30, 2022

      Brain!!!!!!! Thanks for chiming in and following along. Great hearing from you.
      Fumagali!

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  • Wendy Cutting

    November 30, 2022

    Your Australian acquaintances from the Inca Trail are so happy to see you exploring our part of the world. 😊
    One thing you will learn as you travel through NZ, the West coast is volcanic and the sand quite dark, the East coast will be golden beaches from the sandstone base.
    Are you going to Wellington? If so, you must visit the museum – Te Papa where you will learn so much about volcanoes and the shaky isles.

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    • Margie

      December 1, 2022

      Thanks for pointing that out. I had noticed the different color sand, but hadn’t made the connection about the different coasts and sources. Cool.

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  • Janet Feinberg

    December 1, 2022

    I am enjoying New Zealand vicariously through you, what an exquisite place. Thanks for taking us along on the ride. Continue to enjoy each day and thank you for sharing your experience.

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    • Margie

      December 1, 2022

      Hello Janet! I’m glad you are enjoying the ride. 🙂 It is so much fun to share.

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  • Tena

    December 28, 2022

    Thank you loads for the videos of the falls and Cape Regina. The water there is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. And the sunshine! So glad you had that when you were in such a beautiful place. Love following along with you even though I’m weeks behind!

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    • Margie

      December 28, 2022

      Yes, that water around the Cape was something special, I agree, as was the Cape itself. I too was grateful for the sunshine and though there were rain squalls in the distance here and there, it remained mostly sunny where I was. A great day. I really loved The Northlands as well as Piha Beach.

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