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good for dog walks

always taking our dog for a walk their. just need to make sure its a low tide otherwise there is no... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sarahkiwitraveller
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Great beach

On a good day this is nice area to walk. You get great views of Paraaki and Mataora islands and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brian M
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Came down through a hill of black sand which was very fun. Not sure if there are other ways to get there, had to climb the steep hill of sand which can get really hot at midday. Beautiful beach and rocks.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Adventure817293
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This small beach bay was a lovely find, fine, black, soft sand, west coast waves, plenty of surfers and a dog friendly beach.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Well known beach walk, dogs allowed. In fact most of the beach visitors are surfing or have canine companion in tow and mostly off lead. Locals are viligant in cleaning up after their pets and will comment if u don’t follow suit. Only walkable at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank leslee2012
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Brittany M
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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank serina29
Reviewed 11 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.....

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PunitM_12
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