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This is Lake Wainamu, one of the most unusual places around Auckland, and perhaps NZ. The lake is in the Waitakere Ranges, near Te Henga (Bethells Beach). It is enclosed at one end by a giant sand dune, about a kilometre across. There is a walkway around the edge of the lake, accessible across the dune or along the outlet stream. From here, it looks like any other green place in NZ, but when you are int he dune (mainly black sand), it is quite surreal. The beach you see in pics 1 and 2 are the edge of the dune.⁠

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🌄🕶 Sun setting behind Kauwahaia Island is just another of so many hidden gems in our own backyard of Auckland. This is a charming little area located in O’Neill Bay accessed via Te Henga (Bethells Beach). Arrived early to scout locations to shoot the stars that night but as it happens, I had a great deal of fun trying to shoot sunset scenes. I normally avoid the sun in frame as was used to getting horrible flares with my old wide angle lense but happy days now playing around trying to get sun stars, learning to use ND/CPL filter and heart racing moment camera almost went for a swim when attempting the classic sunset long exposure closer to the beach 🤣🦈
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AD What we see depends mainly on what we look for ✖ This shot was taken on a recent photo mission using the samsungnz #GalaxyS21Ultra 🤳 We’ve been discovering new features with the device and also tested Directors View. In this mode you can record from multiple camera lenses at the same time, dual recording with front and rear camera. It offers more options, especially for Vloggers 💯 Check out our recent story to see the footage we got from this spot! Such a wicked way to uniquely capture content 🔥 #yeS21
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If you walk to the southern end of Te Henga, to the sea cave, then along the rocks around Raeakiaki Point, you will get this view of Wigmore Bay and Momori Point. You can get all the way round with moderate scrambling, but watch the tides. No way back, once it comes in far enough.⁠

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Te Henga Bethells Beach at sunset, walking towards the southern end.⁠
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Te Henga Bethells Beach at sunset, walking towards the southern end.⁠
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Te Henga (Bethells Beach) is another of the stunning black sand beaches on ht west side of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. When I visit these beaches, and the Waitakere ranges in general, it is hard to believe that ht average visitor to the city is barely aware they exist. This region is worth up to several days alone for hiking, beach stuff and general exploration.⁠

They are also surf beaches, so get the board out. If you are swimming stay aware of the risks and stick to the flagged areas.⁠
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O'Neill Bay, looking from north to south. If you haven't been, make a point of going ...⁠

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This section of the Te Henga Walkway dips down towards the middle of O'Neill Bay. It lacks the viewpoint spectacle at either end of the bay but I loved the evening light reflecting of the flax flowers and surrounding bush.⁠

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Te Henga Bethells Beach at sunset, walking towards the southern end.⁠
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The beautiful view from above O"Neill Bay in the Waitakere, just as you come round the corner from Bethells Beach on the Te Henga Walkway. Took heaps of photos, but will be back for more!⁠
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O'Neill Bay, looking from north to south. If you haven't been, make a point of going ...⁠

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First weekend at level two and it turns out I have a new appreciation for aesthetic rocks 👌
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If you walk to the southern end of Te Henga, to the sea cave, then along the rocks around Raeakiaki Point, you will get this view of Wigmore Bay and Momori Point. You can get all the way round with moderate scrambling, but watch the tides. No way back, once it comes in far enough.⁠

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Te Henga (Bethells Beach) is another of the stunning black sand beaches on ht west side of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. When I visit these beaches, and the Waitakere ranges in general, it is hard to believe that ht average visitor to the city is barely aware they exist. This region is worth up to several days alone for hiking, beach stuff and general exploration.⁠

They are also surf beaches, so get the board out. If you are swimming stay aware of the risks and stick to the flagged areas.⁠
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The stunning view from the high point on Te Henga Walkway cliff edge, looking back over O'Neill Bay. The wind was particularly fierce this day, which was a bit of challenge. But it is only about a 2 hour return hike from the walkway start opposite the Lake Wainamu carpark, off Bethells Road. Plus a stop at the beach on the way back.⁠
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O'Neill Bay, looking from north to south. If you haven't been, make a point of going ...⁠

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About Bethells Beach:

Want a guided tour? - Scroll down to see what is on offer!

Bethells Beach, also known as Te Henga Beach, is a wide, dark sandy stretch of sand that lies about 30 kilometers northwest of the center of Auckland.

The magnificent Bethells Beach meets the mouth of the Waitakere River which flows into the wilderness of the Tasman Sea.

The beach is one of the most popular beaches on the western coast of Auckland, along with Piha, Muriwai, and Karekare. The photogenic nature of the beach has been portrayed in a variety of television projects, including Xena: Warrior Princess.

Bethells Beach Facilities

  • Car Parking
  • Small café located in the car park
  • Toilets and Outdoor Shower

Getting to Bethells Beach

Going to Bethells Beach from Auckland is easy for anyone with a car. The short drive is just about 45 minutes, depending on the traffic, and is basically just west of Auckland. Visitors can reach the beach from a car park with a short walk along the Waitakere River to the beach.

Bethells Beach is also very close to Piha Beach, so visiting both beaches is a perfect day trip from Auckland.

Amazing Spots to Explore at Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach Cave

There is a wide cave at the south end of Bethells Beach which can be explored during low tide.

This big cave is just 30-40 meters deep and has a large opening so there's plenty of light in it. From the inside, you have the ideal window into nature to Bethells Beach and the surrounding scenery.

O'Neill Bay

While Bethells Beach has a lot of surfing, the most common spot among surfers is the nearby O'Neill Bay. This bay is only a short walk from Bethells Beach and it's a perfect place to sit back and watch the surfers in motion.

Lake Wainamu and Bethells Beach Sand Dunes

No trip to Bethells Beach will be complete without taking a look at Lake Wainamu and the sand dunes that surround it.

The path to Wainamu Lake takes you along some wonderful volcanic sand dunes. The sand dunes are huge, and once you get to the edge, you'll experience a steep drop to a small creek that feeds into Wainamu Lake.

Staying SAFE at The Beach

The beach is New Zealand's favourite playground, but it can be a dangerous spot as well. Knowing about the hazards and risks and preparing yourself can ensure that you and your family will enjoy the heat, the sea, and the beach safely this summer.

The Water Safety Code is a perfect guide to keep yourself safe in and around the water. It consists of four basic rules to remember every time you venture into the water; Be Prepared, Look Out For Yourself and Others, Be Mindful of The Dangers, and Know Your Limits.

Important Reminders for Tourists

Animals | Dogs, other animals, and pets are forbidden at bookable sites and accommodation at all Auckland Council regional parks. Registered aid dogs are an exception. If you have a registered service dog with an exemption, you will need to remind our staff at the time of booking.

In all other areas of the park, unless otherwise stated in the dog-walking section, dogs have to be on their leash to keep them and the public safe at all times.

Alcohol | Visible and excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited. We may ask you and your party to leave the park and your permit will be revoked.

Smoke-Free Parks | As in all city parks and reserves in Auckland, smoking is not allowed. Our parks are all smoke-free.

Waste Disposal | Please keep our parks and beaches litter-free. Garbage bins were provided in the vicinity to dispose of your rubbish. If there are no bins available, take any trash with you when you leave. 

Outdoor Fires | All public areas within the Auckland Region have a strict fire ban. It is illegal to light an open fire at Bethells Beach and its surrounding areas.

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