Typical forest in the Waitākere Ranges
Print of a painting of Auckland port, 1857
Lion Rock, Piha
Queen Street (c.1889); painting by Jacques Carabain. Most of the buildings depicted were demolished during rampant modernisation in the 1970s.
Looking east over the area that became Wynyard Quarter with the Auckland CBD in the middle distance, c. 1950s.
The urbanised extent of Auckland (red),
Satellite view of the Auckland isthmus and Waitematā Harbour
A view over Chelsea Sugar Refinery's lower dam towards Auckland Harbour Bridge and the CBD
The volcanic Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, with the remnant of Takaroro / Mount Cambria in the foreground (yellow, grassy reserve) . Viewed from Takarunga / Mount Victoria over Devonport.
Asians are Auckland's fastest growing ethnic group. Here, lion dancers perform at the Auckland Lantern Festival.
St Matthew-in-the-City, a historic Anglican church in the Auckland CBD
Projection of the Auckland Region's population growth to 2031
Pedestrians on Vulcan Lane in the CBD
The modern section of the Auckland Art Gallery, completed in 2011
Albert Park in central Auckland
View from the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden
Landmark House
The twin towers of the National Bank Centre are among the tallest buildings in Auckland
Terraced housing built in 1897 as residential buildings and associated place houses for John Endean
Auckland Town Hall entrance on Queen Street
Old Government House, former residence of the Governor
The University of Auckland clock tower building is a 'Category I' historic place, completed in 1926
Railway lines serve the western, southern and eastern parts of the city from the Britomart Transport Centre.
Aerial view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland CBD skyline and Harbour Bridge at sunset.
The International Terminal at Auckland International Airport
Otahuhu Power Station's 404MW combined cycle turbine, also known as Otahuhu B

Located between metropolitan Auckland and the west coast of the former Waitakere City and Rodney District, the ranges and its foothills and coasts comprise some 27,720 ha of public and private land.

- Waitākere Ranges

Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf to the east, the Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitākere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west.

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Karekare, New Zealand

Karekare Falls
Farley's Boarding House circa 1916

Karekare is a small coastal settlement in the Auckland Region of northern New Zealand, sandwiched between the Waitākere Ranges and a large black sand surf beach.

It is located 35 km west of Auckland city centre, south of the larger beach of Piha.

Location of Piha

Piha

Coastal settlement on the western coast of the Auckland Region in New Zealand.

Coastal settlement on the western coast of the Auckland Region in New Zealand.

Location of Piha
Timber settlement at Piha circa 1916
Looking north over South Piha beach to Lion Rock. North Piha beach is visible beyond.
Kitekite Falls
A surfer leaving the water
The view from Lion Rock.
Breaking wave, North Piha
Piha and Lion Rock from the access road above
Piha after Sunset
North to Lion rock and Te Waha Point
'The Last Ride'
'Ridges of Intrigue'
Toetoe plumes and Lion Rock
Aerial view of Piha Beach and Lion Rock

Piha is 39 kilometres west of Auckland city centre, on the Tasman Sea coast to the north of the Manukau Harbour, on the western edge of the Waitākere Ranges.

True-colour image of the Auckland Region showing Auckland as the brownish area just left of centre, with the Hauraki Gulf to the right.

Auckland Region

One of the sixteen regions of New Zealand, which takes its name from the eponymous urban area.

One of the sixteen regions of New Zealand, which takes its name from the eponymous urban area.

True-colour image of the Auckland Region showing Auckland as the brownish area just left of centre, with the Hauraki Gulf to the right.

The region encompasses the Auckland Metropolitan Area, smaller towns, rural areas, and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

On the mainland, the region extends from the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour in the north across the southern stretches of the Northland Peninsula, through the Waitākere Ranges and the isthmus of Auckland and across the low-lying land surrounding the Manukau Harbour, ending within a few kilometres of the mouth of the Waikato River.

Terraces carved by Māori into the slopes of One Tree Hill

Auckland volcanic field

Terraces carved by Māori into the slopes of One Tree Hill

The Auckland volcanic field is an area of monogenetic volcanoes covered by much of the metropolitan area of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, located in the North Island.

Tāmaki Māori myths describe the creation of the volcanic field as a creation of Mataaho (the guardian of the earth's secrets) and his brother Rūaumoko (the god of earthquakes and volcanoes), made as punishment against a tribe of patupaiarehe, supernatural beings living in the Waitākere Ranges, who used deadly magic from the earth to defeat a war party of patupaiarehe from the Hunua Ranges.

Sunset at Bethells Beach

Te Henga / Bethells Beach

Coastal community of the Auckland Region in the north of the North Island, New Zealand.

Coastal community of the Auckland Region in the north of the North Island, New Zealand.

Sunset at Bethells Beach
Bethells Beach
Cabbage trees
West coast shell
Fun in the lagoon
Bethell patterns
Cave
Shag
Burnt ablutions block
Surf lifesaving lookout

The beach is approximately 37 km west of Auckland City, at the mouth of the Waitakere River where it flows into the Tasman Sea.

The Waitākere River catchment consists of roughly 70 km² of the bush-clad Waitākere Ranges.