Bethells Beach, Auckland

(4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Black-tinged sands and crashing waves make Bethells Beach popular with surfboarders and skimboarders. You can also explore the nearby boardwalks and bushwalks, leading to waterfalls, caves, and hidden coves. The prevailing westerly winds provide favorable conditions for parasailing and hang gliding in this area. For a calmer bathing experience, head across the sand dunes and take a dip in a nearby freshwater lake, trapped between the green bush and black sands. Add Bethells Beach to your Auckland travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Auckland vacation route planner.
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  • If you have time to visit only one beach in Auckland, go to Piha - but if you have time for two include Bethells. It is lovely and isolated and sparse of people, but worth it! We very much enjoyed the...  more »
  • We got fish and chips and sat on the beach watching the sunset. Huge beach with space for all activities. Amazing photos taken of the sunset, its a bit out of the way but one of the most incredible be...  more »
  • Largest sand dune I've ever seen outside a desert. Great relatively short walk from the car park. Lake at the end. And then there's the beach. Grey sand, clearly there's a lot of iron in the bedrock.  more »