Piha

The Laird Thomson Track is a short but interesting walk located at the Northern end of Piha at Kohunui Bay on the West Coast of Auckland, the track gets the name from a Whites Bay resident William Laird Thomson and his neighbour Jim Rose who gifted the Te Waha Point, so the public could access Whites Beach on the far side of the point.

The Laird Thomson Track entry point is difficult to find if you have not been there before, it is well hidden under trees at the  Northerly end of Piha Beach where the sand meets the bush, the track is very steep and winds up the side of the rocks with a vertical drop on one side and a vertical rock face on the other. 

Around ten minutes of walking up the track you arrive at the intersection with the Rose track and the Te Waha Point lookout extreme care needs to be taken here as the drop down the cliff is extremely dangerous and close to the track edge the walk out to the point only takes a few minutes and you get a stunning view of the West Coast.

For the adventurous you can walk down the goat track to Whites Beach this route is for experienced trampers only a slip here could be fatal there is lose rock on the track and occasionally rocks dislodge from higher up the cliff and tumble down, and towards the bottom there is not really any track, but there is a safety rope anchored into the rock face for security while on the rocks.

The Rose Track from the junction rises steeply up a ridge line for around ten minutes at the very top is a stunning view back down the coast to Lion Rock and south Piha, you can walk up the steep private road to Anawhata road around twenty minutes or turn left at the sign post and the track takes you down to Whites Beach this route is safer than descending down the goat track, also if the tide is high you cannot access the beach from the goat track.

 

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