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Located 30 km away from central Auckland, Bethell's Beach is a small seaside settlement on northern Auckland, on New Zealand's North Island. The beach was renamed in 1976 from Bethell's Beach to Te Henga, meaning 'sand' in Maori, to better reflect the Maori heritage of the beach.
The valley surrounding Bethell's Beach is historically significant as it shows clear signs of human habitation reaching more than a millennium into the past. These signs of human settlement include archaeologically important artefacts such as walkways and canoe landings, amongst others. With the advent of the first European settlers, Bethell's Beach underwent drastic changes in the nature and physical makeup of the beach. Land was cleared to make way for timber felling and for farmland, and the further addition of a dam on Waikatere River ensured that the riverbed's elevation had changed, changing the river's outflow to the sea.
The beach was known as Bethell's Beach until 1976 in recognition of John Bethell, who negotiated with the city council and convinced them to sell the land to the public domain.