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Aucklands West Coast Beaches

Ruggard, dangerous and ever changing, these are Aucklands west coast beaches. Perfect localtion for sunset photography and moody stormy photos. The length of this area is about 112km long and goes from Waiuku forest in South to Southhead in the north.

Awhitu Peninsula

Stripped of native trees and turned in to farm land eroison is a major issue out here, sandstone rock pounded by the ruggard coast makes for some very different scenes. With a lighthouse on the north point looking down over the Manukau entrance and bar, and the Waikato river escape to the sea at the south end this long streach of west coast is not very populated with many spots known only to locals.


Whatipu beach lies at the entrance to the Manakau harbour. This beach never stays the same due to shifting sands caused by the bar and the water that gathers inland in the swamp. NOTE WELL  There is no surf lifesaving out here. There have been a few lives lost fishing of the rocks. Also during winter be extra careful around the sand dunes as the wet sand often sinks beneath your feet (quick sand). I have been caught out. Cell phone coverage is not great out here.


Karekare is best known for the setting of the movie “Piano” A very popular beach over summer for Aucklanders. Around from the car park is also Karekare waterfall.


Piha is auckland playground beach, famous for surfing as well as surf rescues. Known for lions rock.


Not a very well known beach due to access. Getting there requires a long drive down a gravel road then a steep desent to beach. The walk back up is not for the unfit.

Bethals Beach

Bethals consists of 2 beaches, the second one is called O’Neils


Home of the Gannet colonies and great surf spot as well as fishermans rock …DANGER