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Makara Beach

Makara Rd, Wellington 6005, New Zealand
+64 4-802 4860
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Good Beach For Shallow Swimming In Summer

It's a stony beach located about 40 minutes from the city. You can go via Johnsonville (long way... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
Great walk & stunning views

this beach is great if you can visit it on a calm day. That would probably mean during winter or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rik G
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“rock pools” (5 reviews)
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“wild beach” (3 reviews)
Makara Rd, Wellington 6005, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a stony beach located about 40 minutes from the city. You can go via Johnsonville (long way) or Karori (short way). While there's not much to see on the beach, in the water is good for swimming and scuba diving. Take care as the...More

Thank iamrhys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this beach is great if you can visit it on a calm day. That would probably mean during winter or on a very windy day. Otherwise you might be doing the polonaise with other tourists. But the place has a great view if you take...More

Thank Rik G
Reviewed 12 September 2017

For the classic untamed beaches of New Zealand, Makara Beach will not fail to impress. We were out here on a super windy and cold day, but loved it nontheless! Bring clothes for any season along with you because I assume the weather here can...More

Thank 526thomash
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Love this wild and untamed beach. We went out on a horrible dreary cold windy day and found the carpark chocka with other people doing the same thing. Fabulous beach to walk along but noticed some erosion of the path now so need to be...More

Thank Ah62
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Always loved this wild beach...windswept, beautiful, often big waves. Popular with the fishermen in our family. My daughter lives there now. We all love Makara and its loving,caring community.

Thank cleancuisine
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Very special place. Had the chance to get there on a nice sunny afternoon with light winds and it was fantastic. One scenic location after another. Didn't need to walk far from the beach to get to real stunning ridges. Will come back!

Thank Max A
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

About 30min scenic drive from Wellington CBD will get you to a typical NZ stoney black sand beach, the highlight is a walking track around the cove with magnificent views. Take bush walking foot wear and a bottle of water, don't forget your camera.

Thank dejoux76
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A lovely peaceful stop on tour of North Island. It was windy when we were there and the waves were rough, but it was still a tranquil place. Coffee and a lovely welcome at the cafe.

Thank Jayne B
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The coastal walk from Makara beach is amazing. Just be careful & also check the tide times, if you are planning to go right around the far point, where you have to climb over the rocks to reach the secluded beach. When the tide comes...More

Thank Jacob15
Reviewed 2 March 2017

A great place to walk along the coast, walk on the rocks and for a picnic. However; it must be a nice day without wind. To walk north along the coast you must cross the river and if with little children better on low tide....More

Thank travaller60
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