Te Henga beach

Image: Drew Divehall | DOC


Discover the rugged beauty and rich history of Auckland’s west coast. This challenging walk takes you through native bush, over clifftops with amazing views and down to a beautiful secluded piece of west coast beach.


The bridge at the carpark has washed away.

  • Follow the path of the Waitākere River as it weaves its way into the Tasman Sea.
  • Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and birds that sometimes call this beautiful coastline home.
  • Explore the beaches and take in the amazing views of this unique area.

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 633K) and check out what you can do.

Know before you go

  • Take extreme care around the ocean and clifftops as this area can be highly dangerous.
  • Check weather forecasts before starting.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.
  • 4 km return walk there and back. Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  • Moderately difficult gravel and dirt track with some uphill sections.
  • No dogs allowed.

What to bring

DOC short walk gear list

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there:

Te Henga / Bethells Beach is 37 km from central Auckland, on the west coast. From here the Te Henga walkway track is signposted near a bridge 1 km before the end of Bethells Rd, opposite Lake Wainamu carpark.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Te Henga code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

More about Te Henga

West Coast beach safety

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