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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Driving to the end of the road can be bit hectic for some people as it is dirt gravel road and rather narrow at places. But once you get there, it is absolute bliss. You can go hiking on Hillary Trail, or stroll in the...More

Thank Satyabrata
Reviewed 28 January 2018

One of the places worth visiting in Auckland, Whatipu Beach is very beautiful, and probably the best in Auckland. We've also camped here. Nice atmosphere.

Thank BethanyB807
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Not the easiest beach to access on the West Coast but it is quite wild and worth a visit if you're looking for something more adventurous

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 17 July 2017

amazing beaches you can visit while in Auckland (well besides Kare Kare, Piha, Bethels etc :)), black sand all the way, miles and miles to walk (no swimming due to the currents) and a extraordinary landscape (especially on a sunny day or the rain and...More

2  Thank Bapu54
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I lived in Auckland in 2016 and visited Whatipu beach regularly to relax, and to camp occasionally. It was probably my first real 'WOW' moment after moving to New Zealand. I've since travelled on both the North and South Islands and this beach is still...More

Thank 351dannyw
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The coastal walk along Whatipu beach goes through the Scientific reserve and leads to Karekare on the North end of the beach. The walk down the beach is quite nice and fairly easy, through sand and small water outlets. There are also shallow ponds (and...More

1  Thank Acineto
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Especially liked the Kura and Puriri trials. throughout the Omanawhanui trail was a bit too much of a challenge for a sceinc walk. The caves walk also a nice gentle walk to really cool caves. The beach is quiet and gets great sunsets.

1  Thank GIDAYE
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Whatipu beach and regional park boasts wild and rugged west coast beach and three or possibly more caves along a scenic 1-hour return bush walk. Not so great with little ones as at places the walking trail is too narrow and surrounded by outgrown bush....More

Thank Ehsan U
Reviewed 7 March 2017

It's a very hard walk to Whatipu Beach and campsite from Huia but well worth it. Steep slopes that'll take a few hours walking, or about 10 minutes by car! The campsite there is in an excellent location and near to the beach (5 minute...More

Thank Obzerva
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The beautiful drive through winding bush leads to this glorious, wild, piece of NZ's West Coast. A coffee stop at the Huia General store and then onto Whatipu beach. Park in the gravel carpark at the roads end and continue to take in the breath-taking...More

Thank collinz0188lsnt
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