Smaller and more intimate than Piha or Muriwai, Te Henga beach offers booming surf, bush walks and spectacular vistas. There ... More
Bethells Beach (Te Henga)
Smaller and more intimate than Piha or Muriwai, Te Henga beach offers booming surf, bush walks and spectacular vistas. There are walking tracks north, over the headlands, to O'Neill Bay, which is popular with surfers. The cliffs to the back of the beach are composed of pillow lavas, which were formed when the flowing lava hit the surf and solidified in place. There are toilets and changing sheds at the car park.
We as 2 Xena fans did visit Bethells Beach, and it is realy amazing. We did see the cave of " Calisto's Return" and many many other "sets".
We stayed with Trudy and John Bethell, from the Bethells Cottages, and John drove us around to show us the other "sets" that are closed for public. He was Lucy's "private" driver for almost 2 years.
Any fans of the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess MUST visit Bethells on a trip to New Zealand! Its a 40 mins or so drive from the city, and the drive down is quite hair raising, with lots of tight turns and narrow roads. The beach itself is just beautful, but Xena fans, make sure you stop just after the small cridge to walk along the stream and the black sand dunes to the Fins, Femmes and Gems Lake Wainamu.(Sp?) You'll feel like you are IN a Xena episode!
Bethells is a very wide beach, and that black iron based sand is surprisingly heavy - quite hard going walking on it. I was there in NZ winter, but I believe its a popular surf spot in the summer.
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