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Karekare Beach, Auckland Region

(4.6/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Wild and unspoiled, Karekare Beach draws locals to its large stretch of black sand despite the hard-to-reach location. In the summer, surf patrols and lifeguards oversee the beach due to the unpredictable nature of the current. The strong waters have claimed many lives, so stick to swimming while lifeguards are on duty and keep between the flags. Also take time to visit Karekare Falls, just a short walk from the beach, or go along the Pohutukawa Glade Walk. To visit Karekare Beach on your holiday in Epsom, and find out what else Epsom has to offer, use our Epsom itinerary planner.
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  • Immense, beautiful black sand beach with scattered shells and lively surf. Would have been happy to spend several hours there. Short walk to a gorgeous waterfall. I loved listening to the water and ta...  more »
  • Is the best place near Auckland. You must have a car. The road is not the best, but the beach is the unique one in the world. Dont hesitate about the road and the advertished of danger.  more »
  • Looking around it's easy to imagine that not a lot has changed here over the last 200 years. Rugged hills and valleys covered in native bush form the back drop to the large sandy beach and wild surf. ...  more »
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  • Great place for a walk. When the weather is a bit wild it's even better.
  • Bit more relaxed than piha
  • Beautiful black sand beach, nice walks
  • Great location to walk around with some amazing views. We were there when the tide was out so you have this vast open flat black sand beach. Heads up, the road going to it is narrow.... If you are a crappy driver who doesn't know where you are in your lane then this may not be for you.
  • Black sand, gorgeous ocean, small river, beautiful cliffs and drifts.