The Waitakere ranges are a sequence of hills running along the West coast of the North Island of New Zealand, west of Auckland for about 25km. They are known by Moari as Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa (The Great Forest of Tiriwa).

Along the coast lay some of New Zealand’s most famous beaches, including Piha, Bethells Beach (pictured below) and Muriwai. The Waitakere ranges contain some very popular treks, some of which boast views of this rugged coastline.

The Waitakere ranges are a purple tone in the Dulux Colours of New Zealand because most during the day they often reflect a soft purple tone. The picture above I took from my balcony in Auckland as the sun was setting over the Waitakere ranges one summer evening.



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