About the place:
Te Henga or Bethells Beach is an awe-inspiring gem of a beach in the Waitakere Ranges. Te Henga means sand in Māori. There a ton of photo opportunities at numerous spots along the beach on the wild west coast of Auckland. This beach represents the iconic landscapes of the Auckland region and is home to many rare and threatened ecosystems and native species. Here one can also find expansive sand dunes and Lake Wainamu – a popular swimming destination.
The beach is located at the mouth of the Waitakere River where it flows into the Tasman Sea.
How to get here?
The beach is located at a distance of approximately 35 kilometres west of Auckland City. It takes around 40min to get to the beach by car.
- Te Henga Valley shows evidence of human settlement dating back over 1000 years.
- Shania Twain single “Forever and for Always”(2003) and “Out of the Woods” for Taylor Swift was shot at this location.(Now that says a lot about the place.
- Tramping and coastal walks – The Te Henga Walkway follows the coastline from Bethells to Muriwai Beach and is just one of the numerous walkways in the area.
- Surfing and other water sports – Bethells Beach has undoubtedly some of the best surf on the west coast. Other water sports include parasailing and hand gliding. Skimboarding is popular with the youth.
- Other fun and relaxing activities are sunbathing, swimming, picnics, running etc.
What do we like about the place?
- It’s a wild west coast beach that refreshes the mind with all its magnificence and beauty.
- We enjoy long strolls along the beach and watching the waves crash.
- This place brings out the inner child in us as we dip ourselves in the water and hop skip across the Waitakere River, it’s just sheer fun.
- It’s a good spot for people and dog watching too.
We always enjoy our visit to this beach and keep returning to this place of wild beauty. Kindly exercise caution when you are in the water as the waves can get rough. Hope you have a pleasant time when you visit this beach.