Ashley & Co's favourite places in New Zealand - part one

Bethells Beach sand dunes, West Coast Auckland

The Bethells Beach Sandunes are Auckland's best kept secret. Located on Auckland's west coast, these black sand beaches are rugged, wild and spectacular. Tucked away behind the beach sits a mountain terrain of black sand dunes stepping down to a beautiful lake. A great family day out.


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Te Henga (Bethells Beach) is a coastal community in the Auckland Region in the north of the North Island, New Zealand.

The Māori name Te Henga, meaning sand, originally applied to a wide area of the lower Waitakere River valley, but in 1976 the New Zealand Geographic Board changed the name of the beach from Bethells Beach to Te Henga (Bethells Beach).

The beach is approximately 30 kilometres north-west of Auckland City, at the mouth of the Waitakere River where it flows into the Tasman Sea. 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. [source: wikipedia]

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