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Makara beach

I like this outing. You are still in a city but so far from the noise. It is a beautiful break not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
The perfect little beach

Makara Beach is my go to when I want to be by the sea. It has a range of coastal walks to go on and... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like this outing. You are still in a city but so far from the noise. It is a beautiful break not too far.

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Makara Beach is my go to when I want to be by the sea. It has a range of coastal walks to go on and is great for the dogs to swim. On cold days it is cold ( obviously) but if you wear warm...More

Thank nzauto
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Was a rather cold, wet and windy day in Wellington but only having 3 days in the capital you make the most of it. Road to get to the beach is narrower then I like which makes for an interesting drive. Once we got there...More

Thank WarrenJ224
Reviewed 8 December 2017

It's a stony beach located about 40 minutes from the city. You can go via Johnsonville (long way) or Karori (short way). While there's not much to see on the beach, in the water is good for swimming and scuba diving. Take care as the...More

Thank iamrhys
Reviewed 3 December 2017

this beach is great if you can visit it on a calm day. That would probably mean during winter or on a very windy day. Otherwise you might be doing the polonaise with other tourists. But the place has a great view if you take...More

Thank Rik G
Reviewed 12 September 2017

For the classic untamed beaches of New Zealand, Makara Beach will not fail to impress. We were out here on a super windy and cold day, but loved it nontheless! Bring clothes for any season along with you because I assume the weather here can...More

Thank 526thomash
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Love this wild and untamed beach. We went out on a horrible dreary cold windy day and found the carpark chocka with other people doing the same thing. Fabulous beach to walk along but noticed some erosion of the path now so need to be...More

Thank Ah62
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Always loved this wild beach...windswept, beautiful, often big waves. Popular with the fishermen in our family. My daughter lives there now. We all love Makara and its loving,caring community.

Thank cleancuisine
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Very special place. Had the chance to get there on a nice sunny afternoon with light winds and it was fantastic. One scenic location after another. Didn't need to walk far from the beach to get to real stunning ridges. Will come back!

Thank MaxA2052
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

About 30min scenic drive from Wellington CBD will get you to a typical NZ stoney black sand beach, the highlight is a walking track around the cove with magnificent views. Take bush walking foot wear and a bottle of water, don't forget your camera.

Thank darren d
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