Karioitahi Beach

Sold! Castaways Resort has new owners

The popular resort on the stunning cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach, is now in the hands of Marsden Resorts, an Auckland based accommodation provider who took ownership of the business in June this year. Michael Osborne, one of the four directors of Marsden Resorts says, “As an experienced accommodation and hotel operator, our focus will be on how to continue to […]

Letter: Intimidation

It sounds like some people are too scared to report people doing donuts around seals on Karioitahi beach and hitting and killing one. On the ‘You know you’re from Waiuku’ Facebook page you can find in the comments (from Claire Kendall (“update 5:55 pm”)) that “this has been reported but the witness did not want to make a statement.” Are […]

Public pressure saves seal

A malnourished seal was the topic of discussion on social media last week. It was found close by to another seal that was dead, after believed to have been hit by a vehicle. Multiple calls were made to DOC and Auckland Zoo, putting the pressure on to help the seal following a Facebook post from Claire Kendall. She said an […]

Dumping a blight on beach

A large amount of household rubbish was found dumped at Karioitahi Beach last week. Passers-by found the rubbish which included a discarded swimming pool, car seat, oil containers, shoes, fishing packets, bird carcasses, outdoor furniture and green waste. It was dumped several kilometres south of the surf lifesaving building. Due to the amount of rubbish and waste dumped, it is […]

Letter: carved for rest

In response to your item about the carved tree trunk on Karioitahi Beach. Regular beach walkers will recognise this log, as in fact it has been in situ for at least a year, possibly longer. The lovely carvings have been added to over that time, including the seats! I presume it was washed out in a high tide, then back […]

Letter: Log time on beach

I have been reading your article about the tree washed up on Karioitahi beach and wanted to let you know that the tree washed up on the beach last year (2017). It was then carved by someone where it had landed. Maybe the reason why it has 2017 carved into it as that is when they did it. I think […]

Letter: Tree-mendous discovery on Karioitahi Beach

This mysterious log washed up on the shores of Karioitahi Beach last month, partially carved with the words Rangiwaea, 2017. The discovery was made by Mark Rolfe from Australia who was visiting his in-laws in Pukekohe. “I walked Karioitahi Beach and found this huge carved trunk. Amongst the carvings was Rangiwaea [heart] 2017. Hope you can make something of this […]

Survivors empowered at retreat

A group of burns survivors attended Castaways resort for a retreat last week. The Burns Support Group Charitable Trust supported the camp for seven women who left feeling pampered and empowered. It is only the second year the retreat has been held and it was met with huge success. “Last year was a “guinea pig” of sorts. It was successful and […]

Karioitahi callouts for rescue chopper

On Sunday 8 April 2018 at 3:40pm, W2 crew were tasked to Karioitahi Beach to assist a female patient in her 20s who was paragliding and crashed into the side of a hill on her descent. She suffered suspected multiple injuries and was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. At 8.39pm on Thursday 29 March, W2 Westpac Crew […]

Easter weekend wraps up summer of rescues

The Easter weekend marked the end of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s patrols over the summer, including the patrol at Kariaotahi Beach. Easter traditionally marks the end of the SLS patrol season which began at Labour Weekend in October 2017 and saw 74 clubs patrolling 92 locations nationwide. Provisional statistics show the Kariaotahi patrol spent more than 4000 volunteer lifeguard […]

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