Just an hour west of Auckland, you’ll find the beautiful, black-sand Bethells Beach. Bethells Beach is a bit north of the popular Piha Beach on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The west coast is uber popular with surfers, due to the big waves. The drive from Auckland is windy, beautiful, and remote. Fill up your gas tank before heading out, as you won’t find many once you get out past the city.
Bethells Beach: A Photo Diary
I visited Bethells Beach in late December, and it was super windy. We brought a lunch of wraps and chopped vegetables, but when we sat down to eat, sand kept blowing into our sandwiches. I would recommend eating before you arrive, or hiding out in the little cave to eat your lunch.
The beach is stunning. The black sand looks like glitter and is warm on your feet, and the water stretches for miles. The ocean water is cold, but could be refreshing on a hot New Zealand day.
There is a little cafe just by the car park, where you can purchase coffee and pastries.
If you’re in the area, you must make a stop at Bethells Beach for some epic scenery and waves. If you’re a surfer, you probably already know of this surfers paradise.
There are loads of holiday homes surrounding Bethells Beach – check one out if you’re looking for an escape into nature. For those of you who are fans of beautiful beaches, relaxing holidays, or surf breaks, add this beach to your bucket list and hit the road.