Anawhata is a beach on the coast of New Zealand to the west of Auckland.
Radius from Auckland; 40 km (50 minutes drive). Piha, Karekare and Whatipu are to the south of Anawhata. To the north are Te Henga (Bethells Beach) and Muriwai.
It's one of the least visited beaches in the city because there's a long, unsealed path to get there, and a steep trail down to the ocean.
Local iwi (tribe) Te Kawerau and Maki have been occupying this area for hundreds of years, and many settlements and fortifications have been built.
By 1870, Europeans had set up farms and timber mills. A 14 km tramway was constructed between Anawhata and Whatipu to transport the logs of Kauri.
T has no surf patrol and, like all the beaches west of Auckland, swimming might not be safe due to rips.
The Auckland Tramping Club used the Anawhata stream for a day trip back in 1966. Trampers were dropped off in the hills above the stream, and were picked up by an old bus several hours later from the beach.
Anawhata is just north of White's Cove. You can walk from Piha, or there's a long twisting metal path that switches off Piha Path. Anawhata is part of the municipal parkland, but a lot is currently private land.
There's a steep walk down to Anawhata beach from the end of the road. Once there, you'll need to cross the Anawhata stream to the next port, called Parera Port. This is a place where you'll see a lot of surfers in the right conditions.