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“Great wild beach”
Review of Makara Beach

Makara Beach
Ranked #59 of 235 things to do in Wellington
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great wild beach”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

There's a great walk to the gun emplacements and lots of things to look at along the way. It takes a while to drive there from Wellington and the road is windy and steep in parts but the drive is worth it.

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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“I love this place”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

It's wild and untamed. If you like your beaches pristine with sand and lifesavers stay away! This place has atmosphere and and a slightly menacing aura, especially in a northerly. My favourite beach of all time.

Visited August 2013
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Wellington
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Ruggedly beautiful beach with amazing views”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

You can only get to Makara Beach by car through Johnsonville or Karori. It's worth the drive - a rugged beach - stones not sand. Great for walking, exploring rock pools and if you hike up the hill (10-15 minutes) the views out to the Cook Strait and across to the Kaikoura ranges are absolutely magnificent. Popular with divers looking for paua and crayfish. Great location.

Visited May 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth the climb”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Once I got to the top I was plenty happy to have turned mountain goat for a couple of hours to do this walk. On a clear day the uninterrupted views across Cook Straight to the Kaikoura Ranges is not to be missed! The cliffs are breathtaking - but it is a challenging track so leave your vertigo at home and pack your sturdy shoes!

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Bring Shoes!”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

If your ideal beach does not contain sand, but rocks, then this beach is ideal for you! It's quite a distance from Wellington City. There is a walking path (not sure where it leads to), so this may be good for those that love to walk

Visited March 2013
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