We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bethells Beach

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Auckland, New Zealand
Website
Improve this listing
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 189 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 130
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Beautiful moody black sand beach

Wonderful, moody atmospheric beach with a wonderfully iconic surf club structure. The surf is treacherous and only for strong swimmers who must swim between the flags, but this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Jacquiandnickkiwi
,
Auckland Region, New Zealand

Similar Things to Do in Auckland

Add Photo Write a Review

189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, moody atmospheric beach with a wonderfully iconic surf club structure. The surf is treacherous and only for strong swimmers who must swim between the flags, but this is a very special place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

not too far a drive from Auckland you come arrive and there is plenty of place to set up a picnic. Toilet facilities clean and I must say that in New Zealand anywhere I have been the public toilets are something to rave about.....much better than the land I come from Africa, at high tide is awesome as there is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I am not going here again - black sand, extremely cold waters mudded with sand that hurt and no decent coffee/food joints after a long swim to bust hunger

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A wild West Coast beach which has the black iron sands. Great beach to walk along and bush walks also. Beach can be dangerous so would urge caution about swimming. Small local mobile cafe is also at the beach. The trip out to the beach from the center of Auckland takes about 50 minutes but you drive through some amazing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A lesser known wild west coast beach but not without its great points. Surfing is great but swimming can be dangerous. Only swim between the flags and when there are surf patrol members on watch. The walks are great: in the bush up to the waterfalls and along the beach to the caves and rocky outcrops in the South. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Beautiful rugged west coast beach. The walk over to either the large cave on the far left side or O'neills bay on the far right side over the hill are both worth it. Love coming here at sunset when the air is a little cooler and the black sand is not quite so hot. Right in the middle of summer... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Level Contributor
86 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

it was amazing place.it was very clean and peaceful.i love this place so much .if i have a free time.i will go back again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My local beach....great in all seasons..better if the Caravan is there for food and coffee...funky music. Check their Facebook for opening hours. Wild west coast, stunning scenery

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We made it to Bethell's Beach right before sunset and we were so happy we went. It was a hike out to the water from where we parked due to the tide, but worth it. It's a beautiful black sand beach, so clean and hardly anyone there except a few locals walking their dogs. We would go back again!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This 4km tramping track (about 1hr) is along side the beautiful Lake Wainamu. There's the gorgeous black sand dunes and the shallow Waiti Stream which is safe for kids to paddle. Good place for families to enjoy this peaceful and vast display of dune, lake and forest.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Bethells Beach also viewed

Auckland, Auckland Region
Auckland, Auckland Region
 
Auckland, Auckland Region
Auckland, Auckland Region
 

Been to Bethells Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bethells Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?