Karekare Beach, Auckland Region

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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. Put Karekare Beach into our Auckland Region tour planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is an interesting beach, as it has black sand. It was featured in the movies The Piano, Memory and Desire. It's a bit of a walk before you reach the beach itself, especially if you do not want to...  more »
  • This is a nice beach, but the be fair among all the beaches (around a dozen) we have seen in new zealand, it's probably the one that impressed use the less. It was just ok, but not amazing.  more »
  • After a short walk you reach the beautiful black beach. It is not only long, but also very wide and offers plenty of space.
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