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

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Perfect for the experienced surfer...

Bethells Beach is not for the casual swimmer! Take heed and swim between the flags! The beach is perfect for the experienced surfer and a perfect backdrop for a delightful picnic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Bethells Beach is not for the casual swimmer! Take heed and swim between the flags! The beach is perfect for the experienced surfer and a perfect backdrop for a delightful picnic or photo shoot. *Local Tip* Make sure you venture over to the Bethells Lake and enjoy the black sand dune and fresh water swimming hole.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Beach and Caves were stunning. We searched for the 'beach cafe' for ages until we realised it was pretty much a food/coffee truck.

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Ellerslie;Auckland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful beach, watch out for the black sand in the summer heat. But could do with more facilities, more toilets and a cafe with eftpos for summer crowds

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

An enjoyable, rural, scenic drive; Bethells Beach is vast (you could probably land a jumbo jet on it) and stunningly scenic. No lifeguard and probably dangerous currents. We were there in autumn and it was too cool to even think of swimming. But fantastic for walking, jogging, or playing on the dark gray sand. Joggers and many families were there... More 

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Currumbin, Australia
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We arrived on a Friday, and that's the 'beer n music' night at the local beachfront. We grabbed a wonderful hamburger, a beer (on site0, and listened to great music. We also enjoyed the great walks in and around the beach.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The carpark area was surrounding by mountains and bushes. I can only hear the strong waves from the ocean when I arrived in the carpark area. I was like "where is the sea?" I was puzzled. And then I walked through the bushes and sand dunes. At the top of the hills, wow! I saw the beautiful wild sea! The... More 

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Vang Vieng, Laos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Bethells beach is a must do place when in auckland. 45 minutes drive from the city. Easy as to get there. Its raw and its wild. Beautiful in winter . Spectacular in summer.

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Well worth the drive through the Waitakere Ranges. A short walk from the car park brings you out in the middle of the beach. A stunning spot with a huge expanse of sand. If you turn right and walk over the hill/sand dune to the smaller beach you will be sure to be bold over. This beach is stunning and... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Bethells beach has a special quality that draws us back time and time again. It is a stunning west coast beach with a backdrop of soaring hills covered in native bush. At low tide you can walk into a large cave that people used for picnics and concerts around the early 1900s.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I took the walk round Wainamu Lake and then on the first part of the Te Henga walkway. Admittedly it was midweek toward the end of April, but I didn't meet anyone else. So I can definitely recommend this for those seeking peace and quiet! All parts of the walk were clearly marked, and readily accessible to those have average... More 

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Address: Address: Auckland, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland

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