Karekare Beach, Auckland

4.7
#6 of 25 in Beaches in Auckland
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 Piha tour planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The black sand here is incredible - never seen anything like it before! The beach is enormous and seemingly endless. We had a lovely long walk here even though it was raining. The drive down is just a...  more »
  • This beach and the surroundings are fantastic! Great place to spend time, there were hardly any people around and very peaceful. The walk to the nearby falls was also beautiful. I really recommend to ...  more »
  • Karekare is a scenic, albeit boisterous beach, just beyond the Waitakere Ranges. It is a hill away from better known Piha. From the beachfront carpark a 10 minute easy walk leads to 30 m-high Karekare...  more »
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  • Wonderful place to visit. Do not follow the stream if you want to go to the beach... walk up the road to the small bridge and then follow the path to the dunes. Good car park and toilet facilities.
  • Such a nice beach big and spacious when tide is out good for photography get a wide angle lens for your photoshoot and shoot in the golden hour or sun is down low.walk and enjoy the beautiful environment
  • Incredible beach! Just be careful! High tide comes in fast and people occasionally drown.
  • Like Whatipu, a fantastic beach that can be accessed while driving to Piha. The drive can be a bit scary for first timers, but it is highly rewarding. There is about a 5 minute walk to the beach from your vehicle, but it is stunning in every aspect. If you feel particularly game, you could walk south to Whatipu and vice versa.
  • Loved this place so much...great little walk to the beach and a beautiful waterfall just down the road...A real perfect place to chill out...

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