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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  • The wave action here is something to behold. Large beach and black sand. Takes about 40 minutes to get there from central Auckland  more »
  • We visited this one the same day as Karekare Beach which is the more interesting and less crowded - and also where filming for The Piano took place. Of course swimming and fishing at either is to be r...  more »
  • The day we visited there were huge waves and only a few people in the water being carefully watched by a lifeguard. This beach is good to visit at low tide so you can go into the caves. Also nice for ...  more »