Wonderful black sand beach in South West Auckland. Located outside of Waiuku and about a 30-minute drive from Pukekohe, Karioitahi sits right on the border of Auckland and Waikato. The beach is sheer endless and at low tide, you could walk for hours if you feel like it. Being on the west coast, you can watch the most amazing sunsets while your pup plays with lots of new furry friends.

Karioitahi Beach is probably one of the most dog-friendly beaches in Auckland, allowing your pooch to walk and run off-leash year-round and at any time of day.

That being said, it is a black sand beach and can get piping hot in summer, so you want to keep an eye on the weather when visiting dog-friendly Karioitahi Beach.

Some things to watch out for at Karioitahi Beach

Cars, bikes and horses: Cars and bikes are allowed on the beach (with a permit) and unfortunately, many don’t adhere to speed limits. Keep an eye out for them, especially on weekends. The beach is also popular for hose rides, mainly in the mornings.

Rip tides: You can swim at Karioitahi but only between the flags and only if you’re a good swimmer. The rip tides here are extraordinarily strong and have cost lives before.

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