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126 Lone Kauri Rd, Auckland 0772, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on a tour with an outfit called Tour Bro and boy were we surprised at the wild isolation. Black sand as far as the eye can see. I'm not sure I'd come here if I was driving myself as the access road...More

Thank StanM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A little bit black sand Very large Here the Oscar movie Piano was taken. Really recommended go there. With car you need approx 1:20 Hr from Auckland Viaduct

1  Thank MasterDive
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Super beach. But sun makes it almost impossible just walk bare feet. Haha. But on the other hand it is good for health.

Thank MariaKlokova
Reviewed 4 September 2018

One more stunning beach west of Auckland, first thing you will notice is amazing drive to this beach. Crazy skinny road; away from the highways If you ever come to Auckland, leave the city..Visit the countryside like Karekare Beach. There is a short walk to...More

1  Thank TravlQ
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Stunning beach, the access to which reminded me of drives back in Ireland - one lane roads & passing places - but with tropical vegetation. The sand really is black & all the more spectacular for it. We felt like we were on set for...More

Thank Isisshaw17
Reviewed 27 June 2018

This wild beach is found at the end of a crazy, skinny winding road. But it's worth the insane drive to visit. On the Monday morning we went, there were 3 surfers and a handful of people walking their dogs ... no one else around...More

1  Thank 1SunLovingCouple
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Love this beach, it's so wild and untamed. No commercial buildings here to spoil nature. There's a short walk to a waterfall as well. Great place for photography.

Thank Happy_Holidays_NZ
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Karekare Beach was my favorite black sand beach that we visited in New Zealand. The drive down to the beach is windy but beautiful. The trek through the bush (about 15 minutes) to get to the beach was also lovely. Then you walk up some...More

Thank HappyTravelerIAm
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We parked in the car park then walked the 12 minutes through the bush then through the dunes to be welcomed by a huge black sanded area and loud waves, beautiful! We saw a few people with dogs but the area is so big everyone...More

Thank lisstravelsalot
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Stunningly beautiful black sand beach. It took longer to drive than my GPS indicated. No one else was on the beach on a Monday afternoon. Nice picnic areas at parking. At least a 10 minute walk from the parking lot over fairly rough terrain. Do...More

1  Thank Dave S
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Kernaghan K
22 June 2018|
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Response from philcott01 | Property representative |
Hi Paula, Thanks for your message - the Trek from the lower section of the track down by the bottom carpark is a very nice and easy track. There are no steep uphill climbs in this portion. I imagine she would quite enjoy... More
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