Te Henga beach
Image: Drew Divehall | DOC


Discover the rugged beauty and rich history of Auckland’s west coast. This challenging walk takes you through native bush, over clifftops with amazing views and down to a beautiful secluded piece of west coast beach.

Adventure time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4 km return
Travel: 37 km from central Auckland


  • Follow the path of the Waitākere River as it weaves its way into the Tasman Sea.
  • Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and birds that sometimes call this beautiful coastline home.
  • Explore O'Neill's Bay, and take in the amazing views of this unique area.

To get your medal

  1. Plan your visit to Te Henga Bethells Beach (Te Henga Walkway – Bethells Road to O'Neill Bay). Check for facilities and alerts before you go. 
  2. Download the adventure map (PDF, 633K).
  3. Go on your adventure and find the code word on the Kiwi Guardians post.
Claim your medal

Claim your medal using the code word for this adventure. Each Kiwi Guardians adventure has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

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