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Address: Auckland, New Zealand
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife

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Do not miss this!!

We hit the black sand beach later in the afternoon due to weather and travel. SO worth the trip - perfect sunset, and as it was a Friday night there was some live soft music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We hit the black sand beach later in the afternoon due to weather and travel. SO worth the trip - perfect sunset, and as it was a Friday night there was some live soft music playing with a lot of locals and travelers enjoying the views and music. The music echoed off the cliffs so beautiful and memorable. The sand... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I have a soft spot for Bethells Beach for so many reasons. When I just came to New Zealand, I used to drive anywhere to take photos. I was waiting for the sunset in Betthels when I started speaking to a NZ couple and after 30min, they invited me for dinner and sleep over at their stunning house with unbelievable... More 

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Kent
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Wild and unspoilt beach that is not good for swimming though surfing is popular her. With a permanent lifeguard post (for the summer) this is for experienced surfers only. Great walks in the area.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Beautiful stretch of beach, but not really for swimming. Cave is amazing as well as sand dunes. Easily accessible.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a review on Lake Wainamu not Bethells Beach This lake is on Bethells Road before you get to Bethells beach, there is a large car park there. signposts are good. takes about 30mins walking from the carpark to the lake, highly recommend to take the route via the stream rather than via the sand dunes (the sand gets... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our favourite spot at Bethells is over the sand dune to O'neills bay very picturesque. You need the tide to be out a bit to get there though. Walk the other way and there are cool caves to explore lower tides are better for that too. Don't forget to wear your jandals on a hot day as the black sand... More 

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Auckland NZ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great area to walk in. Bethells is part of the Hillary Trail and walkers can walk through from Arataki in Titrangi. The cliff view near Goldies Bush are fantastic. The beach is a great place to relax and cool off. Surf life guards are present during the weekends and over the holiday period.

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Auckland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you like west coast beaches with black sand and which can be pretty wild, this is your pick. It is a lovely drive over the Waitakere ranges to get to Bethells Beach and once you have arrived, there is a never ending length of beach to enjoy. Just before the beach itself is a lovely walk around Lake Wainamu... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great beach to visit if you like to go to a wild and beautiful beach. It has cafes there. You will need a car to get there

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Auckland
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62 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Bethells Beach is less than an hour's drive from the centre of Auckland on New Zealand's west coast, and is between the more well known (and more crowded) Piha and Murawai Beaches. I took a couple of loved ones there yesterday as they are traveling around New Zealand. They had actually been here before but had fogotten the name and... More 

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