In the evening we head back to Piha beach, crossing the twisted wooden foot bridge over Piha stream we come out behind Lion Rock. A few people are still walking about in the distance but mostly the beach is deserted. As dusk approaches the sand has turned back to black as the sun sinks behind the waves, the waves are still crashing down upon the beach’s edge. It’s been quite a swell today, up to 3 m high, too dangerous for most to go out into the surf to board or swim. The offshore wind is blowing the top layer of black sand across the surface of the beach, the dark sands are cast as golden in the fading light. As the sun sinks below the waves the outline of the sentinel Lion Rock is visible dark and looming in the dusk. It’s Christmas Eve.
For more photographs click the Portfolio Link Evening Light at Lion Rock
Check out the visitors website : Arataki Visitor Centre, Scenic Drive / Arataki Visitors Centre
Where : Piha Beach, New Zealand.
Travelling : Take the twisty narrow Scenic Drive Road up to Arataki Visitors Centre from Aucklands eastern suburb Hillsbourgh , then onto the wider Piha Road over the Waitakere Range and down the steep decent into Piha village. Only an hours drive from Auckland.
Camping : Piha Domain Motor Camp. A short walk to the beach, Lion Rock is visible from the campsite. Very relaxed, off the beaten track, Piha is Auckland’s stress getaway.
Next Up : Russell on the Bay of Islands.