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Black sand beach

I came here in 1966 as a child with my parents who were visiting relatives. The main thing I could... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NAS1954
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Great reverse view

Only a few minutes from the main car park isthe back beach offering a reverse view of The Rock and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie P
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Narre Warren, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here in 1966 as a child with my parents who were visiting relatives. The main thing I could remember was the black sand and the sandflies. It's quite wild but beautiful and the large rocks make it quite dramatic. As soon as we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NAS1954
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only a few minutes from the main car park isthe back beach offering a reverse view of The Rock and another fabulous view of Sugarloaf islands. A BIT of a climb and track to access the black sand beach, its possible there is another access...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie P
Reviewed 15 January 2019

I don't recommend this area for swimming esp if you have children with you. It is not as safe as other beaches the other side of the Port at Ngamutu or East End Beach. Often hear of people having difficulties in the water. However, it's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GFPensioner
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

This is a beautiful black sand beach that is equally popular with surfers as with dog owners walkers taking their dog for a walk. Beautiful scenic views and if you are lucky you may even some sea lions sunning themselves.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kiwi-1976
Reviewed 3 January 2019

The sea lions were just chilling around the rocks and so well camouflaged we almost walked right up to them, stunning scenery, Taranaki coast is fantastic

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carol K
Reviewed 1 January 2019

The views here make this beach the best in the city! Surrounded by the islands and Paratutu rock. Good surf spot also.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank imwillem
Reviewed 28 November 2018

always taking our dog for a walk their. just need to make sure its a low tide otherwise there is no beach area to walk. sometimes you could see a sea lions =)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sarahkiwitraveller
Reviewed 15 November 2018

On a good day this is nice area to walk. You get great views of Paraaki and Mataora islands and Paritutu Rock. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 27 October 2018

A bit of black sand and hard to find on the Tom Tom, Yea great place for those from other countries but this was not something I'd go to again...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MartyandAmy
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The beach is beautiful with fantastic views of the islands off the coast. Hard, black sand beach. The best part is the entrance from the parking lot. You RUN down a steep black sand hill...it's like flying. The hill is fairly large. Unfortunately the stairs,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rich30306
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