Swirling patterns in the cliffs and unusual rock formations dominate the coastline on the east side of Shakespear Park (Auckland, New Zealand). With a bit more energy, I could actually walk from my house to the steps leading down to Pink Beach. Yet, before last week I had never been here on the outgoing tide, the time of day when coastal hiking from Pink Beach to Te Haruhi Bay along the coast is safe (it’s underwater at high tide).
We didn’t plan coastal hiking on this day, but rather we came to see the colors of Pink Beach at low tide. However, after reading the signs, we realized we had enough time to make it there and back if we came upon an impassible obstacle.
Starting with my favorite photo, then the rest are in the order in which we came upon them:
I love parkland and coastal hiking in Shakespear Regional Park (Named for the Shakespear family of New Zealand, therefore spelled correctly).
A bonus of hiking from Pink Beach to Te Haruhi Bay was that it crossed my 10,000 daily steps in one hike. I am still fighting for my health, frustrated by what feels like slow progress. I am nearly 3 months caffeine and sugar free and my weight is down 26+ pounds (12kg). On the bright side, with the IH I get to travel locally. I am enjoying discovering every corner of my neighborhood.
Did you prefer the rocky coastlines or the parkland? Would you have done the coastal hiking with a two hour window of safety? What do you think caused all those bright colors on the rocks?
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