Te Henga Bethells Beach

Te Henga Bethells Beach

Te Henga Bethells Beach is a wide and long black sand surf beach on the west coast of the Waitakere Ranges. The main access is along Te Henga Road, then Bethells Road from the northwest end of Scenic Drive. There is a reasonable amount of accommodation around Te Henga but no camping. A vehicle is needed to get there and it takes about an hour from central Auckland.

From the car park at the end of Bethells Road, it’s about a 500 metre walk alongside the Waitākere River outlet to reach the beach. This makes it a bit less busy than the more accessible Piha and Muriwai beaches, but it is still popular in summer. Services are limited, with just a (good) caravan shop and cafe at the end of the car park.

There is patrolled swimming immediately to the south of the Waitākere River outlet to the sea. At the south end of the beach is a large sea cave and it is possible to walk around the point at low tide to Wigmore Bay. The north end has access to additional interesting exploration options. These include Waitakere Bay and its caves and O’Neill Bay. There is also access to the Lake Wainamu Track and Te Henga Walkway from Bethells Road, before the beach car park.

The obvious thing to do at the beach is to go for a swim, surf or beach walk. The beach is also very photogenic, especially at golden hour, and is popular with professional wedding photographers aiming to get that perfect romantic shot.

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