Photo: Auckland Unlimited

Te Henga


"My favorite beach on the west coast is Bethells Te Henga. If it's not the middle of winter there will be a little café called Bethells Cafe in the sand dunes, so grab a great coffee and fantastic organic carrot cake. You may even get really lucky with a movie or a band playing in the evening."


Karen Walker


This wild black sand beach in the Waitākere Ranges is well worth a visit. Here you will find, behind the sand dunes, Lake Wainamu - a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast surf.

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