Nestled in Auckland, Bethells Beach is a gem of the region and a must-visit for outdoor fun and nature experiences. The beach itself offers picturesque black volcanic sand and stunning turquoise waters for swimming, sunbathing and water sports in a remote environment. You’ll also find adventures on land, such as hiking treks and canyoning expeditions, as well as fun attractions for the whole family. Bethells Beach is a wonderful base camp to enjoy all the attractions of Auckland as well. Find out more about the things to see and do in Bethells Beach and options for Bethells Beach accommodation to prepare for your holiday.
Accommodation in Bethells Beach
Bethells Beach offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every type of traveller. You can find charming waterfront cottages, holiday homes near the lakes or mountains, and hotels and apartments in the cities. Take a look at the accommodation options in Bethells Beach to see which is the right choice for your holiday.
Ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious, cottages are a versatile option for your stay in Bethells Beach. You can find boutique cottages with coastal views, beach access and upscale decor, or affordable cottages that give you an array of convenient and practical amenities. Cottages are the perfect choice for a couple’s retreat because you can book secluded cottages that give you all the privacy you want for an intimate holiday with your partner. You can also find family-friendly and dog-friendly cottages that suit the whole family. The Te Aute Ridge Cottage is a lovely eco-friendly retreat with movies, board games and a sheltered beach for safe swimming.
Family holiday homes
Bethells Beach offers a wide range of holiday homes with space, comfort, privacy and proximity to beaches and attractions. You can find holiday homes in just about any configuration or style, from cosy homes for a solo adventure or couple’s trip to sprawling spaces with extra bedrooms and bathrooms for the kids. You’ll also have your choice of affordable homes or luxurious dwellings and everything in between, all with excellent amenity options like pools, beach access and waterfront views. A family holiday home offers space for 8, beach access, board games, watersports equipment and nearby bush and beach walks.
If you prefer a more conventional stay, plenty of hotels and serviced apartments are available in Bethells Beach. With a hotel or serviced apartment, you’ll have a comfortable space to yourself and many convenient amenities, including concierge service, room service, on-site dining or bars, communal pools and spas, children's play areas and fitness centres. Hotels are also an option for affordable stays or pampered retreats, depending on how you want to spend your holiday.
Things to do in Bethells Beach
From wilderness adventures to water sports and family-friendly attractions, Bethells Beach offers an array of experiences for fun and memories on your holiday. With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take a look at the best things to see and do in Bethells Beach.
Bethells Beach for family fun and adventure
Naturally, the biggest draw of Bethells Beach is the beach itself. Stretching 2 kilometres along the coast, Bethells Beach offers stunning landscapes, tranquil waters, soft sand and plenty of opportunity for adventure. Many visitors come to Bethells Beach for the surfing and wind sports, but you can also boat, fish, snorkel and dive in the area. Another highlight of Bethells Beach is visiting the cave on the beach that’s revealed at low tide. Families enjoy Bethells Beach for the gentle surf that's safe for children to swim and play.
Lake Wainamu for outdoor activities
Also known as Bethells Lake, Lake Wainamu is a pristine lake that offers hiking trails along the shore and picturesque volcanic sand dunes. You can swim in the lake with the kids or spend time exploring the surrounding landscape on a family trip. If you want to explore the dunes, you can book an adventure tour with a guide to take you through the varied terrain.
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium for kids
If you’re bringing the kids, take a short trip to Auckland to experience the wonders of SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium. The spectacular aquarium is a favourite of locals and an endeavour by the marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton. Constructed in old storage tanks, the aquarium features curved tunnels that travel through different ecological zones, such as Stingray Bay, the Fish Gallery and the Antarctic Ice Adventure for a unique experience for the whole family. Another highlight of the aquarium is the Shark Cage Adventure where you can swim with the sharks for a bit of a thrill.