Auckland Beaches: Bethells (Te Henga)
|Bethells: The southern headland at Te Henga - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
Deja vu may creep up on you here: this is the beach down which Xena
and Hercules stride.
Many cast and crew on the US television productions, notably the warrior
princess herself, are
But the beach has another, definitively local heroine. A point to the
north is named for legendary
Erangi. Forbidden to see her lover, she strapped their child onto her
back, dove off the point and
swam north to reach him.
The Maori named this beach Te Henga. for the way the sand dunes formed,
like the upturned
hull of a canoe.
|Bethells: Simple batches line the slopes. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
Bethells is the preserve of a national icon, the classic kiwi batch.
In other places these modest
cottages, often passed down for generations, are giving way to expensive,
modem homes; but
here they still hold their own.
|Bethells: Kathy and Kent at Bachelor's Rest, which is now acclimatising to
coupledom. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
Behind the beach a trail leads into the shady reserve of Lake Wainamu,
where there are
swimming spots and walking tracks.
50 mins drive from central Auckland. From the suburb of Henderson take
Swanson Road, then Scenic
Drive North, Te Henga Road, and Bethells Road,
|Bethells: Cheeky plots his break into Here and Xena stardom with trainer John. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
A caution: These beaches are inviting but rough. Be careful in the water and on the rocks - see The Rules.
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