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 colours 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 impassable obstacle.
Starting with my favourite 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 spelt correctly).
The Auckland region, like the rest of New Zealand, is a hiking paradise. Urban parks with hiking trails can be found throughout the city. This is only one of many hikes in Shakespear Park. they lead you through interesting named paddocks, over rolling hills, to a waterfall gully and once even to a crop circle.
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 colours on the rocks?
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