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As one of the four cherished beaches along Auckland's west coast, alongside Piha, Muriwai, and Karekare, Bethells Beach entices visitors with its awe-inspiring natural beauty, so breathtaking that it has graced the screens of notable movies like 'Xena: Warrior Princess' and 'The Wilds'.
Stretching across two kilometres of ebony sand, Bethells Beach proudly showcases its sprawling sand dunes, verdant bush, and panoramic vistas that are simply enthralling. Adventurous souls can partake in invigorating walks against this picturesque backdrop.
Easily accessible from the parking lot, a leisurely stroll down the Waitakere River leads you to the tranquil embrace of the beach. Bethells Beach beckons both locals and visitors alike, offering a wealth of opportunities for swimming, basking in the sun, surfing, or simply surrendering to relaxation as the golden rays warm your skin.
The beach's reputation as a surfer's haven and a magnet for paragliding and parasailing enthusiasts is well-deserved, owing to the favourable wind conditions that prevail. For added safety, surf lifeguards patrol the beach during late spring, summer, and early autumn, ensuring your swimming experience is worry-free within the confines of the red and yellow flags.
Nestled beyond the sand dunes lies Lake Wainamu, a hidden gem and a welcome respite from the might of the west coast surf. Popular among families with young children, the lake is also a delightful reward for those seeking a pleasant walk to reach its inviting shores.
But Bethells Beach has more to offer than its picturesque shoreline. It is home to the Bethells Te Henga Wetlands, an invaluable ecosystem teeming with birdlife and ripe for exploration and birdwatching enthusiasts. For hiking and biking enthusiasts, a plethora of trails await along the coast. Marvel at the wonders of the Te Henga Walkway, part of the Hillary Trail, as it bestows upon you breathtaking vistas of Auckland's untamed western coast.
Bethells Beach captivates with its stunning expanse of sand, immersive natural wonders, and thrilling outdoor adventures. Delight in the riches of this coastal paradise and create memories that will linger long after the golden sun sets on the horizon.
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
From the parking lot, you can access the beach by taking a quick stroll down the Waitakere River.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Don't leave your jandals behind! The black sand can heat up quite a bit!