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Bethells Beach - photos

Waitakere River photo
Ihumoana Island Bethells Beach photo
Sand Dune View photo
Waitakere Bay Bethells Beach photo
Southern View Bethellss Beach photo
Western View of Bethells Beach photo
Expansive Beach View photo
Southern View of Bethells Beach photo
Northern Caves at Bethells Beach photo
The Bethells Store photo
Bethells Beach Fire Station photo
Sea Cave photo
Bethells Beach Homes photo
Bushclad Hills at Bethells Beach photo
Surfers at Bethells Beach photo
Surfers at Bethells Beach photo
Northern View of Bethells Beach photo
Lifeguard Tower photo
Bethells Beach Iron Sand photo
Cave at Bethells Beach photo

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About Bethells Beach

Bethells Beach is 30 km north-west of Auckland city. The community built near the beach is called by the area's Maori name - Te Henga which means 'sand'. Famous for its iron sand, the dunes and beach are a grey to black colour.

The Waitakere River flows into the Tasman Sea at this beach and there are a number of cliffs and caves near the river. The beach itself has a designated lifeguard service during the summer months as there are some dangerous rips and big waves present. Behind the beach is a bushclad area which forms part of the Waitekere Ranges and catchment area. The small beachside community mostly lives in harmony with the surrounding nature. It is less developed than nearby Piha a more popular West Auckland beach.

Some films and videos shot here include: the music videos for single 'Forever and for Always' and Shania Twain's 'Out of the Woods'. Episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules were often located here as were scenes in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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