Jules and I went to Piha today (“Pee-Haa”). A most beautiful spot famous for its black beaches. Because the day started off overcast the photos are a little grim, and the sand is not as dark as it sometimes appears.
To get to Piha one has to cross all the way through Auckland to a place called the Waitakere ranges: mountains covered in tropical rain forests. Lots of hiking and camping goes on in the Waitakeres. The road twists and turns through the mountains and finally breaks through to Piha.
The view from the crest is great, but today it was a little grey.
As you can see there are two beaches separated by an outcrop. The one is called South beach and the other North beach – who needs creativity when you have this view.
We spent two glorious hours in the water of South Beach. It is has an incredibly gentle incline so one has to walk a long way to get anywhere beyond navel depth. The waves are also not of the Hawaii size – they are quite gentle, even though there is a slightly strong under current.
The water temperature is coolish, but nowhere near as cold as Cape Town. Probably like Durban in spring. We stayed in for two hours without going purple.
The sand is black because it is volcanic. I am very pleased it was overcast because even without direct sun one could feel the heat of the sand, and in full sunshine it would be excruciating to walk on.
Jules and I had a great time and despite lots of sun cream we were slightly burnt. To cool off I bought her an ice-cream – I’ve heard it is excellent for sun burn – at least that’s what the Macdonald’s advert says…
Jules used the piano this evening for some practice and to write a short composition for class. She spent a lot of time trying to read her own notation, so I downloaded a free piece of software called Forte Free and viola! we had the piece written out legibly in an instant.
In case you have the time or interest here it is: