We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Makara Rd, Wellington 6005, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-802 4860
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 44 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great walks on a nice day

A great place to walk along the coast, walk on the rocks and for a picnic. However; it must be a nice day without wind. To walk north along the coast you must cross the river... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
travaller60
,
Wellington, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 43: English reviews
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
336 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The coastal walk from Makara beach is amazing. Just be careful & also check the tide times, if you are planning to go right around the far point, where you have to climb over the rocks to reach the secluded beach. When the tide comes in, it's very difficult to pass that area & we recently came across a huge... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jacob15
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to walk along the coast, walk on the rocks and for a picnic. However; it must be a nice day without wind. To walk north along the coast you must cross the river and if with little children better on low tide. Also a great place to pick up paua.

Helpful?
Thank travaller60
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Visiting Makara beach you'll be able to see wind turbines, rock pools and stunning sounds on the northeast of the south island. Should be visited on a clear day.

Helpful?
Thank rene0408
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
318 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We love our visits to this wild and wonderful beach with its roaring seas and unspoiled coastline. No signs of man unless you look back at the few houses. A great place to get the cobwebs of the week blown off, Always treasures to seek among the driftwood and smooth stones. Paua shells too if we are lucky. Rough walking... More 

Helpful?
Thank Julie M
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Lovely walk requires reasonable fitness to clamber over some of the rocks after a kilometre or so. It feels just a bit wild. I have walked along the coast then back along the track that is about 500m back from the coast that provided good views of the surrounding countryside. If you don't like wind turbines then don't go.

Helpful?
Thank John_MurphyNZ
Hastings, New Zealand
Level Contributor
54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Makara beach is a really fun place to explore the beach. they have lots of different things to find in amongst the beach and rocks. This has a really neat walk to the top of the hill with a great view of the beach and windmills and you can also see a windmill up close. perfect for family and friends.

Helpful?
Thank Sarah_Star19
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Really stunning drive on the way to the ocean, very narrow hairy roads. It would be excellent on a day with a motorbike. I believe this is the town where the movie Bad Taste was filmed back in 1986-87. Really nice place and well worth the visit, although the main reason we went was for Bad Taste!

Helpful?
Thank MaddogLee
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
565 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The drive is a bit hairy but I love the wild remoteness of Makara. Its an easy walk around the coastline or if you feel energetic, you can walk up to the wind farm. Would not recommend this on a windy day as it is steep and dangerous in strong winds. Rock pools for kids to explore, but the beach... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ah62
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
773 reviews
416 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Nice place off the beaten track to take a walk. Nice drive down through the countryside to get here to. When its windy it really is here and the sea can get up one hell of a swell! It's not somewhere I would come to swim but for a walk to blow away the cobwebs yes. People do fish here... More 

Helpful?
Thank D P
Level Contributor
57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

The wind was off-shore, the winter sun warm. We went just a short way. We could see divers out in the water with spear guns. The water is very clear. Others were fishing off the beach. We have been staying at Te Whare Iti just up the road. Another great spot listed on airbnb.

Helpful?
Thank Mitsiraider

Travellers who viewed Makara Beach also viewed

Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 
Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 

Been to Makara Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Makara Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?