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Karekare Beach, Auckland Region
(4.6/5 based on 80+ 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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  • After a precarious drive down to the beach (very narrow road and some one way spots with cyclists!), we made our way to the beach to watch the waves and take a few pictures. The power of the sea was a...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to enjoy the beach me all by myself! Is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Whereas Auckland as the city doesn't offer much, worth stretch of an hour to stroll on the black sand Karekare.
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  • Auckland is an incredible coastal city. Less than an hour away from CBD but driven through beautiful both town and country with glimpses of coast. The roads are well signposted Karekare is wild& beaut...  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.