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Also known by its Maori name, ‘Te Henga’ (which means sand!) Bethells is 30 kilometres north-west of Auckland City, at the mouth of the Waitakere River where it flows into the Tasman Sea.

Address: Bethells Road, Bethells Beach, Waitakere, Auckland Auckland North & West


One of several popular resorts in the area (others include Muriwai, Piha and Karekare), it experiences a population explosion in summer when Aucklanders head to the sea.

Surfing is the main pastime. Other pastimes include parasailing and hang gliding, for which the prevailing westerly wind often provides favourable conditions.

Fishing is also popular, although dangerous in many places and many deaths have taken place from this.


Bethells Road, Bethells Beach, Waitakere, Auckland.

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