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A perfect stay with perfect people!

Trude and John Bethell-Paice

For our journeys we stayed at Bethells Beach Cottages. The cottages of Trude and John are situated on a hill with a speechless view onto the black sand beach Te Henga, also known as Bethells Beach. You have access to the beach either by walking on a small private track, or by driving down the hill. I prefer the walk as you end up onto a sandy road that was used in the Xena Warrior Princess episode Ulysses and many other more episodes. Here the journey in the footsteps of Xena starts. Feel yourself as a hero and take a walk down the track.
As the name says itself the beach has been named after the family Bethell who came here decenia ago and started their life here. It is a huge property of the Bethell's family. So Xena Warrior Princess was also filmed on their private propeTe Hengarty.

When you are coming from Auckland City get direction Henderson and then Swanson. Follow the Swanson drive upto Bethell's Road (yes it all points out to that loverly couple!) which will lead you to them.

Enjoy the ride with the strong curves, the up and down going road but most of all enjoy the nature. It is a wonderfull sight that you get presented. You only can see that beauty of nature at this place in the world.

You will pass two little bridges. Just behind the second one you immediately will find a little parking place. Remember this place as it will be your start of the walking track towards Wainamu Lake, in the footsteps of Xena.

Lake Wainamu with the huge and beautiful sand dunes. Recall Fins Femms and Gemms, To Helicon and Black, The Deliverer, Purity, The Return of Calisto, Chariots of War, Adventure in the Sin Trade, Mortal Beloved and many more. You easily will find all those place there.

Leaving the parking of Wainamu at your left side continue your drive. A little distance further Bethell's Valley will welcome you with an overwelming view.


Continue towards the parking of the surfclub.
If you are not logged at the Trude and John's cottages (but I can't imagine that you should do that. If soyou must be crazy. Change your reservation and get it at Trude's) you can park your car overhere and walk up the beach. You instantly will come out at the place where a Destiny scene has been filmed. Further you will be amazed of all the places you will recognize if you watched the Xena episodes over and over again.

If you have your cottage with Trude and John keep the parking of the surfclub at your right and get up and drive up the road that leads you upto the hill.

Take a deep breath before you get at the top cause you gonna need it.

Arriving at the Bethell's Beach Cottages you will immediately be welcomed by Bethell's heavenly view onto the Bethells Beach/Te Henga or as I named it Xena Beach.

You will be speachless and your soul, mind and body will be joyfull filled with the beauty of this place. Huge rocks and mountains rising out of the black sand charming the beach visitors into tiny little points. The black sand creates the mystic feeling behind it all. The sea wih its white rolling waves, sometimes trembling hard, sometimes calm but still completes this beautiful picture with force and great presence. Opposite of the sea you see Bethell's Valley.

The wind will always welcome you and the sun will play with you, giving you every moment another view from the same place.

Bethell TurehuWords are not enough to express the beauty of this Godblessed place. It is blessed cause you nver will have bad weather overhere, well almost never. When a rainy group of clowds is coming, you can see it coming as Bethells is a beautiful outlook. Take a look at the album 'Rain at Bethells' and you will see what we mean.

"Love, Happiness and Silliness for ever." are the famous words of Trude but they say it all what you feel when you are there.

Get surprised by the cottages, the BBQ party and the view on the Xena Film Locations from there above.

Take a tour by using the above links as the side links and start dreaming away. And don't forget to take a look at what lies behind Bethells Beach Cottages. A divine lake. You can see some beautiful views in the album 'Behind Bethells'.

Enjoy Bethells!