Bethell’s Beach (D3)

Bethell’s Beach, O’Neill’s Bay, Lake Wainamu black dunes lake.

GPS: -36.890677 174.449105

Bethell's-Lake Wainamu overview

Bethell’s-Lake Wainamu overview

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Lake Wainamu carpark map

Lake Wainamu carpark map

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Lake Wainamu overview

Lake Wainamu overview

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The Wainamu stream contouring around the blacksand dunes

The Wainamu stream contouring around the blacksand dunes

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The stream-side track skirtng the huge black Wainamu dunes

The stream-side track skirtng the huge black Wainamu dunes

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The dunes have blocked-up the original outlet for the stream, creating Lake Wainamu

The dunes have blocked-up the original outlet for the stream, creating Lake Wainamu

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Dog Lovers at Bethell's

Dog Lovers at Bethell’s

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The Wainamu loop is part of the longer Hillary trail

The Wainamu loop is part of the longer Hillary trail

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Planked walkways along the Lake Wainamu loop track

Planked walkways along the Lake Wainamu loop track

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Basking in the small Waiinamu waterfalls

Basking in the small Waiinamu waterfalls

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Waterfall upstream of Lake Wainamu

Waterfall upstream of Lake Wainamu

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No clothes, no worries

No clothes, no worries

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Bush along the Lake Wainamu loop track

Bush along the Lake Wainamu loop track

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View back over Lake Wainamu to the dunes from the far end of the lake loop

View back over Lake Wainamu to the dunes from the far end of the lake loop

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The glory of blacksand dunes, heading back over the tops of the dunes from the lake back to the carpark.

The glory of blacksand dunes, heading back over the tops of the dunes from the lake back to the carpark.

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Sea cave at the very south end of Bethell’s beach.

Sea cave at the very south end of Bethell's beach

Sea cave at the very south end of Bethell’s beach

The next bunch of pix are the Te henga Walkway heading north from Bethell’s towards Muriwai.  A great day walk is around O’Neill Bay, up to the Raetahinga Viewpoint…then back down to O’Neill Bay to walk the beaches back to the carpark.  WoW, a great route!

 

Te Henga Walkway to O'Neill Bay and further.

Te Henga Walkway to O’Neill Bay and further.

Te Henga walkway access to O'Neill Beach.

Te Henga walkway access to O’Neill Beach.

Start of Te Henga Walkway

Start of Te Henga Walkway

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Hillary trail marker posts.

Hillary trail marker posts.

O'Neill Bay archway

O’Neill Bay archway

Sea cave arch tunnel on O'Neill Beach

Sea cave arch tunnel on O’Neill Beach

Sea cave slot tunnel.

Sea cave slot tunnel.

Sea cave slot tunnel.

Sea cave slot tunnel.

Te Henga Walkway above O'Neill Bay.

Te Henga Walkway above O’Neill Bay.

Xmas blooming Pohutukawa on Te Henga walkway.

Xmas blooming Pohutukawa on Te Henga walkway.

The Wainamu black dunes seen from Te Henga walkway.

The Wainamu black dunes seen from Te Henga walkway.

Te Henga Walkway is now part of the Hillary Trail.

Te Henga Walkway is now part of the Hillary Trail.

Te Henga Walkway heading up to viewpoint.

Te Henga Walkway heading up to viewpoint.

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