KareKare and Piha: Powerful Places

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The Power of Place – Two Black Sand Beaches near Auckland Exude Energy and Ayni*

The Big Easy

The Big Easy

I went for a gander at KareKare beach near our base here in Piha Beach the other day. One reads about deserted beaches that run for miles, and I know I’ve only just gotten a taste of New Zealand’s remote beaches, but I have to write about this place. I’m just settling in to what less population density feels like.

New Zealand  is a country of about 5 million, and Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city,  which is about 25km away, has a population of about 2 million.  By the looks of KareKare Beach, (or the beach village of Piha for that matter) you’d never know we’re near Auckland .   Both KareKare and Piha beach are little hideaways of spirit power spots. One feels the earth energy on the order of Sedona. The power of place exudes from both Piha and Kare Kare.

KareKare Powerspot

KareKare Powerspot

From studying geomancy ( the natural order and patterns of landscape and geography) and natural “Apus” or mountain spirits, my experience and feelings tell me this is one hot spot.  Both Piha and KareKare beaches exhibit rock peaks that protrude directly out of the beaches.

In Piha there exist dramatic caves at the beach’s north end. We got married in front of one last weekend which had two large caves ascending like hallways from the earth. The one on the right is 20-25 feet tall with floors of soft fine sand. The entrances of the two “hallways” are separated at the cliff’s face by a  high wall of about 5 meters wide by 8 meters high, which extends up to roof which forms an alcove.

Roughly in the center of this wall  is a block of lighter denser lava, which appears to have been formed by columnar jointing, but is a single large piece,  protruding out of the surrounding darker rock by 12 inches. It looks like a natural alter, at chest level, facing out to the Tasman Sea. The whole alcove sits about 6 meters above the beach below, and one ascends a huge pile of fine black sand, who’s top forms the uneven sandy floor of the alcove.

Piha Beach-Village

Piha Beach-Village

In Peruvian cosmology the Pacha Mama exhibits mountain or earth spirits in masculine or feminine. In the east, Yin signifies, female, yielding,  yang signifies  active, positive, male, strong. Piha is obviously a powerful place, not only because of its beauty, but  because of the balance in it’s natural layout, between the positive male peak and the female aspect, the caves, not more than a kilometer away.

KareKare Beach exudes power, and solitude.  The movie “The Piano” was made here. The wide black sand beach goes on for miles, with cliffs to the back, broad undulating dunes and a narrow little path from the hamlet of KareKare, which deposits you to the beach.

Mayor  Bob Harvey was asked on a NZ website about his relationship with this area. Says Harvey, “I’ve been the lifeguard here for 50 years. I think there’s a huge spiritual significance here that I reckon on this coastline from Karekare to Whatipu.”  He adds, “Something exists which I…. I can’t put my, my finger on it.”

Peace for two at KareKare

Peace for two at KareKare

The words “The Big Easy” keep coming to mind. I suppose, because it seems easy to be here, easy to reconnect with yourself and nature.  These words, in America have a different connotation –  of New Orleans and all the shenanagins that go with the annual Madigras celebration. But here in KareKare, they are the words  that seem to fit for me.  A place where you can unwind and connect. The place speaks to you. And you are rejuvenated.

*Ayni: A Quechua term meaning ‘reciprocity’ whereby one recieves power from the Apus, or mountain spirits, and one gives power back by offerings and meditation. Reciprocity is a concept that pervades the Quechua way of thinking, and of life  in the Andes.

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3 Responses to “KareKare and Piha: Powerful Places”

  1. Sarah Steenstra Says:

    I love this area too and I grew up having holidays from 1960 here not realising the true Spirt signifcance and the great sense of peace often felt,I am off to 2012 Sedona and Machu Picchu soon and will proudly pass on this energy from Piha west coast on behalf of all New Zealanders and ancestors.2012 iis our time to gather good grounded experoences and Golden insights … to Celebrate now all our hard work to wake up sufficiently.. the age of New medicine. a New time over the next years especially for 2016.
    With Great love and great gratitude and respect for our lands all over the world .. To be born here and realise all round this country there are so many power places and so blessed ,Thankyou for sharing this info I woke up in Rotorua today suddenly wanting to look up Piha… Sarah S NZ//Australia

    • mtnspirit Says:

      Hey Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment – So you’re headed to MP and Sedona – two power spots as well!
      Safe travels!
      R. Richards

  2. Sarah Steenstra Says:

    While ther are some spelling errors in the above passage ( it sent itself )…SPIRIT significance.) much better..
    With laughter the best medicine. and kindness for all nature in mind . Experiences also ended up as experOences..The I gone replaced with Ohhh.
    The big OE is what New ZEAL anders are famous for..? maybe there are no accidents or coincidences..
    In Oneheart.Happy travels to everyone here to the stars and beyond. Cheers all round SarahS .

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