These Sunday adventures are what’s getting me through each week. Last week we headed out to Piha to tick the Mercer Bay Loop Walk off of our list. Guys….. it is the most stunning coastal walk we have ever done!
This beaut of a walk will take you along some rather high cliffs that will give you the most gorgeous views of Piha, Karekare beach, Cowan Bay, some of the headlands of Anawhata as well as the Tasman Sea. Before you start to make your way down the cliff, there is a lookout point you can stop to sit and soak in the views or have a snack!
While the track is super easy to walk, as you start to come down, you’ll move away from the cliffs slightly and start to head around the loop to make your way back up to the car. If it’s been raining, a couple of sections on the track can turn rather muddy and slippery. Nothing too dangerous but we tried to keep to the sides as much as we could to avoid slippage and sensory meltdowns!
Once you get down the hill, you’ll want to take a right off the track and head out to another wee lookout. From here you’ll see the giant cliff face that you just walked down. After you’ve soaked in that view, follow a wee path that leads to some stairs. Climb on up em and you’ll come across one of the earliest Maori settlements in the Waitakeres. Keep on following the path, head down a few stairs and you’ll find yourself at another look-out that looks out over the Tasman and over to Karekare beach.
Here is where giant rain clouds started to roll in so we made our way back to the main track and started to head on up the other side. We walked over a bridge, found a wee stream and stopped every 5 minutes because hell hath no fury than a 5-year-old who wants to find moss and fungi!
The last 10-15 minutes of the walk is uphill, nothing too strenuous but you’ll want to make sure you stop and look back every now and again to soak up the last of the views before you find your car again!
If it’s a sunny day, we highly recommend packing your togs so you can take a dip down at Piha after you’ve finished your adventure!
Where to go & parking:
Log Race Road, Piha
There isn’t a whole load of parking near the start of the track so get there early to nab a spot as it fills up quite quickly!
Duration: 1.5 hours
Dogs allowed: Yes, on a leash
What you’ll need:
– Average fitness level
– Good walking shoes
– Water and snacks/a picnic
– Togs for a dip down at Piha