Karekare Beach 2nd Best Beach in the world.

Karekare Beach One of the Best Beaches in The World

One of the famous black sand beaches of Auckland is Karekare Beach with it's mystical atmosphere just perfect for the location of that great film, The Piano. I can completely see why it was so perfect. Often, when I walk there, I can almost sense being watched by ancestors so long ago from the hills and dunes.

Sometimes it feels daunting and I guess that depends on what mood I am in. Building Love My New Zealand as the benchmark for New Zealand tourism and at its core, the concentration on the magic of Auckland beaches, is just as daunting, so I often walk on the sands of KareKare Beach to clear my head. When I saw that Passport Magazine voted KareKare 2nd best beach in the world, I also wondered, if it was down to me, which would be first. Obviously I am biased, so I won't even consider the worldwide beaches I could choose from. Instead I wonder which one I would choose from the West Coast Auckland beaches and here is my own little countdown and why...

Number 3 - Muriwai Beach, Auckland

Having driven this beach on so many occasions with clients, this is the place where I want to have my ashes scattered. With a sense of female gentleness on the one hand along with the fierce lioness attitude when the waves are crashing in, I love the sea-spray mist as it settles over the black sand dunes and how it reminds me of being a Mother to three little ones and how I can also be gentle yet strong all at the same time. A place I will never forget and a resting place for my friends and family to leave me once I depart....

Number 2 - Piha Beach, Auckland

An iconic location where many come to surf and try to tame the mighty West Coast. Several have been lost here not understanding the dangers of the wild west coast and the rips that often take people out. Just as much as it is dangerous, it can be the place of such magical family memories. Here you see my three children simply being in the moment, whilst Mother Nature is aware they are there.

Number 1 - Hamiltons Gap, another Auckland Beach

Oh my, I just discovered this beach a few weeks ago when I took my own little tiki tour for a couple of days. I couldn't believe how orange the sand dunes were and how truly black the sand was. I was alone with the elements and it made me feel so small to be a part of something so much bigger. There are many rocks here languishing on the sand and it is nice to play the game and wonder what the shapes remind me of. There is one in particular that looks like a giant has fallen on his back with his arms crossed half in and half out of the water. His final resting place, his grave.

Love My New Zealand Muriwai Beach Experience

These beaches lend themselves to brooding moments, self reflection and the bigger questions in life. My mood becomes reflective, searching, dark and mysterious when I walk them. Maybe that is why they chose KareKare, an Auckland Beach for The Piano.

Sincerely, Love My New Zealand


The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater town on the west coast of New Zealand, it revolves around the piano player's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. The Piano was written and directed by Jane Campion, and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin in her first acting role. The film's score for the piano by Michael Nyman became a best-selling soundtrack album. The Piano was a success both critically and commercially, grossing US$140 million worldwide against its US$7 million budget. Hunter and Paquin both received high praise for their respective roles as Ada McGrath and Flora McGrath. In 1993 the film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and in 1994, The Piano won 3 Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion. Paquin, at the time 11 years old, was the second youngest Oscar winner after Tatum O'Neal, who also won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1974 for Paper Moon.
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