We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Karekare Beach

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: New Zealand
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 180.49*
and up
Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 89 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Stunning!

Immense, beautiful black sand beach with scattered shells and lively surf. Would have been happy to spend several hours there. Short walk to a gorgeous waterfall. I loved... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
lovestotravel013
,
Wilmington, Delaware
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Auckland Region

Add Photo Write a Review

89 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 78: English reviews
Wilmington, Delaware
Level Contributor
136 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Immense, beautiful black sand beach with scattered shells and lively surf. Would have been happy to spend several hours there. Short walk to a gorgeous waterfall. I loved listening to the water and taking in the natural scenery. This is a very special place!

Helpful?
Thank lovestotravel013
Asuncion, Paraguay
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Is the best place near Auckland. You must have a car. The road is not the best, but the beach is the unique one in the world. Dont hesitate about the road and the advertished of danger.

Helpful?
Thank Domingo D
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
482 reviews
252 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Looking around it's easy to imagine that not a lot has changed here over the last 200 years. Rugged hills and valleys covered in native bush form the back drop to the large sandy beach and wild surf. Karekare is 32km a 60 minute drive from Auckland CBD, once you hit the car park you have a few minutes walk... More 

Helpful?
Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
New York
Level Contributor
43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

It was rainy and windy when we went and we had to take our shoes off to avoid getting them soaking wet on the walk to the beach but it was worth it. There was a waterfall on the opposite side of the parking lot you can get to via a short walk which was also beautiful. On a nice... More 

Helpful?
Thank AdventureObsession
St Clair, Australia
Level Contributor
138 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

It was a very windy day and the beach was deserted. It was a lovely place to visit and the short walk to the Karekare waterfall was worthwhile. It was so peaceful at the waterfall and also a great photo opportunity.

Helpful?
Thank Trangie
Red Deer, Canada
Level Contributor
165 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

After a precarious drive down to the beach (very narrow road and some one way spots with cyclists!), we made our way to the beach to watch the waves and take a few pictures. The power of the sea was amazing.

Helpful?
Thank Janine P
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Auckland is an incredible coastal city. Less than an hour away from CBD but driven through beautiful both town and country with glimpses of coast. The roads are well signposted Karekare is wild& beautiful beach, like all the west coast beaches. It is quieter than its more well known neighbour Piha. During summer it will have lifeguards but by late... More 

Helpful?
Thank wellingt0nkirby
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Karekare Beach and the Karekare water fall is a magic peaceful place to go for the day. Do not swim at the beach is very bad for under tow and swift currents, but swim at the Waterfall. You need a car there are no public transport to this remote place. Famous movies have been made here, one is Piano but... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Will M
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
94 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

Karekare beach is a black sand beach, due to high iron content which is because of the volcanic origin. The beach is mysteriously beautiful! It's one of those places which you'll never forget. The moment you walk into the beach, you'll be amazed by the magnificence of the place. It's not far from Auckland and is a must see!

Helpful?
1 Thank Captain_Hoomi
Anglesea
Level Contributor
135 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

One of the most spectacular beaches I have seen. Sharp huge rocks plunging into the beach. A wading creek. Waves. Lots of sand. Some don't like grey sand. Doesn't bother me.

Helpful?
Thank Angleseateam

Travellers who viewed Karekare Beach also viewed

Piha, Auckland Region
Piha, Auckland Region
 
Waikaretu, Auckland Region
Waitakere City, Auckland Region
 

Been to Karekare Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Karekare Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?