Bethells Beach

This western wilderness retreat marks the spot where the Waitakere Ranges tumble into the Tasman Sea.

Come for the sun, surf and scenery, and stick around to see where Te Henga (Bethells Beach) will take you. Named after the Māori word for sand, Te Henga is a coastal community tucked between vast dunes. This is an ancient place, and there are plenty of ways to experience its magic. Black-sand beaches, sheltered coves and mirror-like lakes beckon. For a little more action, check the surf that pounds the sandy cliffs or hike Te Henga’s wilderness trails.