Lake Waimanu Loop Track
Te Henga/Bethells Beach
45km from Auckland CBD
1.5 Hours to the around the lake
From the car park on Bethells Rd, take the Lake Wainamu track, which follows a stream to the base of the impressive sand dunes. You can choose to walk over the dunes or skirt around them through the stream. I suggest walking over the dunes, it's seriously like being on the moon! The dunes are famous for sand boarding so bring along a body board/skim board if you want to get amongst.
Over the crest of the sand dunes you get a great view of the lake. In summer it’s an awesome swimming spot so bring something to swim in. At the lake proceed right along the track through native bush. It gets muddy so be prepared for that too (we just took our shoes off). Along the track you get to a little waterfall, which you can swim under. The track gets you to the other side of the low stream, of which you can walk along back to the car park.
Overall a unique walk with some amazing views, good sand boarding and easy enough for the kids as well!
Address: 224 Bethells Rd, Bethells Beach