Neils Beach is one of several options for accessing the long stretch of coast that runs around Jackson Bay Okahu and as far as Haast River. It lies just to the west of the Arawhata River mouth and there are a number of houses and cribs, plus a backpacker lodge.
The beach is typical of the region, with a mix of sand, stone, and driftwood. As with all the Westland surf beaches it is wild. As it is not patrolled and there are few people around, take extra care if you decide to swim.
To get there, take the signposted side road from Haast Jackson Bay Road. Keep going along to the rough beach access road and park on the beach. You can drive further along the beach but it is not recommended without a 4WD.