Huge waves. Incredibly huge. They start forming somewhere far away... Where the water meets the sky. Where blue meets blue. Then they get closer, building up slowly. Power, height, strength, curls. Everything. And that moment when they turn white. Ohhh I love that moment! So wild!
I look down from the top of the cliffs. Gazing towards the blue horizon. Watching the surfers. Excitement in the air. Waiting. Waiting for the right moment. Waiting for the right wave...
We have been discovering some amazing West Coast beaches lately. So far, every single time we visited one of them, I thought it was my top favourite. It happened to me when we went to Karekare... It happened to me when we went to Piha... and surprise, it happened to me when we went to Bethells Beach, the one that blew Taylor Swift's mind recently, too, while shooting her newest video. :) So when we headed to Muriwai, I really didn't have any big expectations, but that I will probably fall in love again. And hell yeah, did I find my Valentine!!! :) Let these pictures speak for themselves...
Isn't this a view to fall in love with? The reason why this country keeps amazing me all the time. Greens and blues and those clouds... like no place else...
Just wish I had my camera with me...
It's not only the breathtaking views, the colour of the sea, the fascinating wide beach or the magnitude of the waves that makes this place so special...
Well ok, there is something about those waves I have to admit... just watch how they curl... :)
There is also an amazing and super cute gannet colony out there - beautiful white birds with a yellow head and clear blue eyes! We saw some little ones with baby feathers, and some just learned how to stretch their wings and fly, and some soared happily around the rocks and high up to the sky.
They definitely picked the best spots to live, too!
To top the story, you can read about the gannets 'Overseas Experience' - so Kiwi style :))) The baby birds take off to Australia at around 4 months, and once they get mature between 3-7 years, they fly home to start a family. I was so touched to find out that these birds actually keep together and stay loyal to each other through their entire life, meaning around 20 years! And even better, they co-parent - both sit on the nest and when the eggs hatch, they take turns in babysitting :) Big thumbs up!
And back to the waves... And to those enjoying them... Some fishing...
...some getting ready for the "Titanic photo moment" on the edge of the rock...
And ok, me, watching the surfers... :)
Feel like discovering some more fascinating West Coast beaches around Auckland?
Click here for Piha, Karekare or Bethells Beach.
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