Anawhata

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Piha Looking North to Anawhata, Bethells and Muriwai Beaches
Muriwai looking south toward Anawhata

Anawhata is a beach on the coast of New Zealand west of Auckland.

Location[edit]

Distance from Auckland; 40 km (50 minute drive). To the south of Anawhata are Piha, Karekare and Whatipu. To the north is Te Henga (Bethells Beach) and Muriwai.

Access[edit]

It is one of the least used beaches in the area because there is a long and unsealed road to reach it, and a steep track from there down to the beach.

History[edit]

Local iwi (tribe) Te Kawerau a Maki occupied this area for hundreds of years, and many settlements and fortifications were established.

By 1870 Europeans had established farms and timber mills. A 14 km tramway was built between Anawhata and Whatipu to transport Kauri logs.

Surfing[edit]

It has no surf patrol, and as with all the beaches west of Auckland, swimming may not be safe due to rips.

Tramping[edit]

As far back as 1966 the Auckland Tramping Club used the Anawhata stream for a day trip. Trampers were dropped off in the hills above the stream, and collected many hours later from the beach in an old bus.

Anawhata beach

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Coordinates: 36°55′15″S 174°27′18″E / 36.92083°S 174.45500°E / -36.92083; 174.45500