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Address: Karioitahi Road | Waiuku, New Zealand

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Great black sand beach which can get terrifically hot on the feet during a summers day. This beach is also legal road so motor vehicles as well as horses use it, if you go here to... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2015
Mike G
Waiuku, New Zealand

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Waiuku, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

We are very lucky to live so close to this beautiful west coast black sand beach. There are many things that you can do out here like surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, land yachting, and surf casting fishing kite fishing and torpedo fishing or of couse you can just sit back at Agave Restaurant with a cold one and enjoy the... More 

Thank Rizzla33
Pukekohe, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2016

A clean, pristine beach with plenty of space to ride your horse, wheel around on your quad / bike , picnic , go for a romantic stroll or just have fun in the waves. Black sandy beach with a sparkle. A must if you are visiting Waiuku or just want some fun in the sun

Thank lavinenaidoo2015
Waiuku, New Zealand
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80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

Great black sand beach which can get terrifically hot on the feet during a summers day. This beach is also legal road so motor vehicles as well as horses use it, if you go here to swim, make sure you do so in the life guard patroled area. This is a notorious west coast surf beach that is exciting to... More 

Thank Mike G
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Wild, rural and very beautiful beach! There was an ice cream truck here the sunday we went here, but otherwise quite deserted, rugged and massively gourgeous peace of nature!

Thank Marie H
Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

You can't visit NZ without going to one of the West coast beaches. The sand is very heavy in Iron and as such, the beaches are black. Be careful walking on it on a hot day, as the sand does heat up a lot!!

Thank felpsynz
Durham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Black sand is something I've never experienced before...I'm visiting from England and found this beach so stunning and interesting. I'm an au pair at the moment and we took the kids and dogs there for something different to do, I'd probably not take them again as there were a few idiots on dirt bikes knocking around and showing off. That... More 

Thank DIX11
Manukau, New Zealand
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127 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Like the others said, usual westie beach. Descent surf, long flat black sand beach you can drive onto or play games. Don't recommend for weak swimmers. Awesome beach for group of mates.

Thank CookieM0nster
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2012

I first went to Kariotahe Beach in the early 1990's after family members moved to Waiuku, the closest town to the beach. The drive from the town was on a wandering narrow 2 lane road ending just past a burned out car body rusting where it had burned. The road sloed down to the beach and I followed the others... More 

Thank Tony B
Auckland, New Zealand
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88 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2012

Ths is another west coast beach enjoyed by surfers. The usual west coast dangers exists with rips sometimes. I wouldn't take small kids there because of the under current. Over one hours dive from Auckland, past Waiuku.

Thank Lengra46

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