Bethells Beach (Te Henga)

NileGuide Expert Says:

This beach really feels 'New Zealandy'. The combination of the roaring surf, the black sand, and the cave at the end of the beach are all worth the drive out. Don't forget your camera.

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Bethells Road
1008 Auckland, New Zealand


+64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information)

NileGuide Expert tip:

Head the warnings of the surf lifesavers because this beach is sometimes unsafe even when it looks OK. If there are no surf lifesavers around it means the sea is too rough. Opt for a refreshing walk rather than a swim in this case. Or you can take a dip in the creek.


Bethells Beach has a much more wild feel about it than Piha, which is even more apparent on windy or rainy days. There are sweeping views and a large cave at the far end that is well worth the walk to. There are toilets near the car park and sometimes a little mobile cafe opens which is lovely for a sit down and a coffee. Don't count on this, though! You should definitely bring your own snacks and drinks, just in case. When the waves get nasty there will often be a warning sign which you should definitely heed as this can be a dangerous beach. There is always the creek. It's warmer and calmer and great for kids to play in. Sometimes you will see children being trained in surf lifesaving, which makes for a nice photo op with their hats on.


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