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“Black sand”
Review of Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach
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$139.46*
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Full-Day Auckland's West Coast Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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$522.97*
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Private Tour of Bethells Beach and Lake from Auckland
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

I am an Aucklander and have an intimate relationship with this particular beach. My wife and I try to take all of our overseas visitors to experience the west coast beaches that are Auckland. On a hot summers day walking on the scalding sand or on a winters day with howling winds watching the fury of the boiling surf happening before your very eyes - marvelous. Participating in the miles of open space deafened by the roar of the mighty waves you can really believe you are the only person on earth.
I could go on and on but any visitor to Auckland who doesn't take the opportunity to visit at least one of the amazing west coast beaches is missing out. However if you are tempted to swim at these beaches in the summer please ensure that you are a strong and competent swimmer and SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS.

These beaches are nature at its best but also at its most ferocious. Take care!

2  Thank Trevor D
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love Bethells beach especially in winter for a wild windy stroll with crashing waves. Te Henga beach is just through the wee stream over the little hillock on the right as you walk to the beach.
Swimming is dangerous here and I would only swim if there were lifeguards at the obvious wooden hut post. on easy drive about 45 minutes from central Auckland and some good bush on the way.As a woman, I would not go here on a weekday on my own but find if there is a group of you. Fine on your own on a weekend day when lots of people are around.

Thank Fiona B
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

You can never beat being by the sea. Bethells Beach is one of those West Coast beaches that has character, strong rugged west coast waves and good West Coast hospitality

1  Thank Janr20
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The black Sand Dunes are amazing when you visit the beach allow for some extra time to walk around lake and up to top of the Big Black Sand Dunes!

Thank Kaynz2016
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Really looks like a beach out of Thailand

Best place is O'Neils bay which is a walk over the sand dune on the right hand side of the beach.
Water cool but very clean and nice to swim, waves not to big.

Thank uk_dazz
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