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B E A U T FUL!

Absolutely stunning beach just down below the cliff. With great views and a awesome spot for a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brittany M
,
Waitara, New Zealand
via mobile
Amazing hidden gem of a beach

Came across this beach by accident but was really glad I did as it is beautiful. There are some... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
serina29
,
Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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“black sand” (12 reviews)
“low tide” (8 reviews)
“great beach” (6 reviews)
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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"stunning scenery"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning beach just down below the cliff. With great views and a awesome spot for a picnic on a nice day.

Thank Brittany M
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Came across this beach by accident but was really glad I did as it is beautiful. There are some parking places right near the beach itself so no tracking down a hill. Once on the beach there are a few rocks so be careful, but...More

Thank serina29
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

While this is part of the coast and beaches you see across New Plymouth, it is not busy and you could just watch the Pacific slamming against the boulders.....

Thank Punit M
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Beautiful beach with soft balck sand, amazing clear water and big waves! Best beach I've been to. Auckland does not have beaches that could compare to this kind of beauty. It was super fun going down the sand dune hill but literally died going back...More

Thank Mercedes F
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Beautiful walk down the track to the beach off the bottom car park. Stunning scenery. The boys enjoyed an early evening swim. Beautiful relaxing location

Thank cynthia k
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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Had no idea there was a bottom car park. Accessed the beach by walking down the steep 70m sand dune from the top car park. Negotiating the dune back up was an experience I won't forget, not for the unfit. Stunning scenery and soft black...More

Thank Bhavesh G
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Breathtaking scenery and beautiful black sand beach. The stair case down and up from the beach is a workout in itself but nice to cool down in the water

Thank Stacey L
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

This is a stunning beach and glorious to walk along at low tide. The magnificent geography is completely enhanced by the enormous chimney and, if you get the right angle, you can view Taranaki with a series of industrial water tanks in the foreground. Seriously,...More

Thank Rillakuma_in_space
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Even though there were lots of people in places along this beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon, there will still places where there wasn't anyone at all. Gorgeous scenery, interesting geology and places to sandboard down a steep dune. What more could you want?

Thank MargL149
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

This is my favourite spot in Taranaki. Go to the lower car park (last one coming from NP) and walk to the right heading towards Paratutu. Awesome! But check the tides and don’t go around high tide as it can be dangerous. The views are...More

Thank Morris S
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