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Bethells Beach

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Address: Auckland, New Zealand
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Full-Day Auckland's West Coast Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Full-Day Photography Tour into Auckland's Wild West
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Private Tour of Bethells Beach and Lake from Auckland

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Untamed beauty

Bethell's beach is wild, untamed and beautiful. The place is perfect for an outing on a sunny day with family or friends. The small shallow lagoon makes for a good spot for kids... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Bethell's beach is wild, untamed and beautiful. The place is perfect for an outing on a sunny day with family or friends. The small shallow lagoon makes for a good spot for kids to splash around, the caves are interesting to explore (thankfully there aren't any bats in it) and the sand dunes are fun to climb on. The drive... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

The wave action here is something to behold. Large beach and black sand. Takes about 40 minutes to get there from central Auckland

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We visited this one the same day as Karekare Beach which is the more interesting and less crowded - and also where filming for The Piano took place. Of course swimming and fishing at either is to be regarded as potentially dangerous unless all cautions are observed. But lovely spots to stroll and watch sunsets.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

The day we visited there were huge waves and only a few people in the water being carefully watched by a lifeguard. This beach is good to visit at low tide so you can go into the caves. Also nice for children when the tide is out as the middle steam of water is very shallow and easy for children... More 

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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Such a great beach to visit - true west coast wildness at it's finest. We had a nice time exploring and swimming here.

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Thank Saffron C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Great for walking dogs and enjoying the wild west coast. Make sure you swim between the flags and only when the lifeguards are on patrol. Take time to go to the southern end of the beach and look at the volcanic features and the cave, then around to Waitakere and O'Neil's beaches to the north of Bethells. Do NOT leave... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Fabulous wild west coast beach only 45 minutes from central city. Low tide options include rock hopping around the island in the middle or going in the huge cave at the left hand end of the beach and then continuing around the rock ledge to a secluded beach around the headland (definite low tide only). Or turn right over the... More 

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Bellingen, Australia
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

What an amazing beach. Wild and rugged, black sand with hidden caves and amazing views. Went here as part of my Xena warrior princess pilgrimage tour of NZ! My kids were NOT looking forward to this day of the trip where their crazy mother visited important Xena filming locations BUT, they loved it!Head to the northern end of the beach... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

I will admit that our families love of Bethells/ Te Henga goes way back, be warned it is wild and the water can be deceiving, it's dangerous as with all the west coast beaches of Auckland. If you have spent an hour on your surfboard or swimming on the East coast you need lots more practice before considering the west... More 

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Reviewed 14 January 2017

We initially went to this beach to go to the sand-dunes + Lake Wainamu, but what i didn't realise is that if you want to access these places you need to park closer to the little bridge just before you reach the Bethell's bridge carpark. If you're coming from Bethell's beach, apparently you need to stop just before the bridge... More 

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