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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 Piha, and find out what else Piha has to offer, use our Piha itinerary planner.
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  • 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 »
  • It was rainy and windy when we went and we had to take our shoes off to avoid getting them soaking wet on the walk to the beach but it was worth it. There was a waterfall on the opposite side of the p...  more »
  • It was a very windy day and the beach was deserted. It was a lovely place to visit and the short walk to the Karekare waterfall was worthwhile. It was so peaceful at the waterfall and also a great pho...  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.