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Stunning views

Had no idea there was a bottom car park. Accessed the beach by walking down the steep 70m sand dune... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bhavesh G
via mobile
Mother nature- wow!

Breathtaking scenery and beautiful black sand beach. The stair case down and up from the beach is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stacey L
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Canberra
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“black sand” (12 reviews)
“low tide” (8 reviews)
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had no idea there was a bottom car park. Accessed the beach by walking down the steep 70m sand dune from the top car park. Negotiating the dune back up was an experience I won't forget, not for the unfit. Stunning scenery and soft black...More

Thank Bhavesh G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breathtaking scenery and beautiful black sand beach. The stair case down and up from the beach is a workout in itself but nice to cool down in the water

Thank Stacey L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a stunning beach and glorious to walk along at low tide. The magnificent geography is completely enhanced by the enormous chimney and, if you get the right angle, you can view Taranaki with a series of industrial water tanks in the foreground. Seriously,...More

Thank Rillakuma_in_space
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though there were lots of people in places along this beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon, there will still places where there wasn't anyone at all. Gorgeous scenery, interesting geology and places to sandboard down a steep dune. What more could you want?

Thank MargL149
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favourite spot in Taranaki. Go to the lower car park (last one coming from NP) and walk to the right heading towards Paratutu. Awesome! But check the tides and don’t go around high tide as it can be dangerous. The views are...More

Thank Morris S
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Our family often visits this beach and have often taken our dog with us as it is one of the places where dogs are allowed off lead. When our children were younger they enjoyed taking a board ride down the sand dune to the beach...More

1  Thank 397nikki
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Having adopted two adorable whippets in more recent months, this is a go to place for exercise for them and us. Pleasure to see other dog owners enjoying the beach and partaking in a good post-prandial walk like we were. The furries always love it...More

Thank Trevor L
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Been coming here since I was a teenager , not far from the pension now. Never fails to recharge my soul for its beauty and rough and tough nature. Don't tell your friends they'll all want to go and it's lack of people is its...More

Thank BOBCATNZ1960
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

been here multiple times to walk the dog and with friends. really beautiful and never crowded. definitely worth the visit especially around sun down. watch out for seals on the beach though, they are big and can be aggressive if you get too close

Thank Laura D
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

this beach is perfect to enjoy with our dog, it is a pity we can only take our dog here in the winter

Thank Barbara S
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