The Xena Film Locations - BETHELLS BEACH - TE HENGA

It is approximately 30 kilometres Northwest of Auckland City and on the Tasman Sea. Other near by places in the area are Muriwai, Piha and Karekare.
How to get there: From Scenic drive, Waitakere Road, Te Henga Road, Bethells Road.

Tip : Don't know the way? Take a look at the album 'Xena Way'.

The Te Henga Valley shows evidence of human settlement dating back over 1000 years. The arrival of Europeans in the 19th century led to major changes in the character and shape of Bethells Beach. John Bethell negotiated with the Waitakere County Council to sell the land tht is now known as Te Henga Park. The Council considered the beach and park area would provide excellent recreation facilities for all Aucklanders. Te Henga was recognized as a place of regional significance.

Today Trude and John Bethell-Pierce are the proud owners of a huge property at Bethells Beach. Te Henga Beach (Bethells Beach) is wild and magnificent. In every way IT IS A STAR! Its inspiring beauty will let you dream away. This star's beauty has lead to it being used as a location for several film productions. The most known one is : XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS! Depending on the shooting angle you can have multiple other scenes all from the same locations. You will notice that by watching the pictures.

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Ulysses
Motherhood

Ulysses
Manipulation of scenes
Return of Callisto
Little Problems Miss Amphipolis
Return of Callisto
Ulysses
Motherhood
Miss Amphipolis
Tsunami-Ten Little Warlords-Bitter Suite
Destiny
Return of Callisto
To Helicon and Back

PICTURES VERSUS SCREENGRABS
Below you find for each mentioned episode the pictures versus the screengrabs.
It might be that some pictures will be shown several times as some locations have been used for multiple episodes. Only the shooting angle is then different. But I explain it by each of the mentioned episodes. This is the best way to show you all where and how certain shoots have been taken. It is very interesting and you will get much more respect for Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, and all the other actresses and actors aswell as the filmcrew. A weekly wide screen movie TV-show thanks to these fabulous locations at Auckland. Watching the pictures you surely will recognize other filming scenes, but be patient as I will come to it later on. But do not forget to got to the photo albums of Bethells Beach for more pictures with comments.

Private walk track Bethells Cottages

When you take the private walk track from Bethells Cottages down to Bethells Beach it will lead you to the begin shoots of a scene out of Ulysses and Motherhood. Taking in account that after 12-13 (we visited these locations in March 2007) years nature changed a bit, but you still can clearly see the shootings.

ULYSSES

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  Xena film locations  -  Bethells Beach - Ulysses The beginning of Ulysses where Xena and Gabrielle are walking towards the beach.
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Here is long shoot. Take directly to the right and you walk in the footsteps of Xena and Gabrielle. Almost in the footsteps. I took a later way out.
Xena and Gabrielle walked through the bushes and came into the
private track of Bethells.

MOTHERHOOD

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Xena, Gabrielle and Eve walking to the Baptist.
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Go straight ahead (you remember) turning right was for Ulysses) and you come onto the walk down towards the beach. Karin (my lovely wife) standing into the track taken by Xena, Gabrielle and Eve. Karin walking in the footsteps of Xena, Gabrielle and Eve. A luck she doesn't need the Baptist! LOL!

THE CAVE

I couldn't resist this cave and we even tried to film a scene (see music-video site of Lotolux.com). To get to the cave, simple follow the Ulysses or Motherhood track and once on the beach turn left. Attention! Arriving at the beach you have to pass the Little Problem rock on your left side. Once you passed this rock you will immediately see the cave. Best time to visit the cave is when the tide is low. The tides do change fast so take care you still can get out of there without getting to wet. Don't panic, you won't get stuck there!
The cave is well known out of Ulysses and The Return of Callisto.

ULYSSES

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Ulysses, Xena and Gabrielle walking on the rock track towards the cave. You can easily take this walk yourselves and have a nice adventurious walk on the rocks. Do it always when the tide is low.
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A long view of the rock towards the cave. You can walk onto the point and have a perfect view over the beach. And then come back in the footsteps of our heroes.
The cave take in a close-up and from a distance.
Take a look inside as it is a huge sand cave.
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The Little Problem rock (I come to that later on) which you have to pass to see the cave beyond it. You have here a long shoot and a closer shoot onto the cave. The Little Problems rock in front of it. You surely will recognize other scenes from here but you will find them more detailed later on. Keep them in mind!

MANIPULATION OF SCENES!

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Picture on the left.
Xena and Gabrielle are walking down the track to the beach.
Ulysses will do his fight left of them just outside the picture.

 

 

Picture in the middle.
Xena and Gabrielle do come running from a totally other place now. They are now running towards the rock while they just had the rock on their left side.

 

 

Picture on the right.
Somewhere from here Xena and Gabrielle must have been started running.

 

RETURN OF CALLISTO

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Okay, here a nice comparison between the screengrabs and the pictures. The scene has been taken when the tide was very low. The tide was at it lowest and they have been working as crazy as the low tide doesn't remain long. And you do not have each day a lowest tide to shoot this scene again. From the position of the sun it must have been taken close to the evening. Either they had a lucky day or they just had enormious patient. Also see the video about the cave we made. You can take the link at the beginning of this page or just go directly through here.

THE ROCK

The rock you passed when you went to see for the Callisto/Ulysses cave is now the subject. It has been used in Little Problems. And it is always in the background of Motherhood (Gods Shooting Gallery), Ulysses beach fight, Miss Amphipolis beginning and swords practice), To Helicon and Back at the Amazone attack. And it comes into scene as an overlooked place in Miss Amphipolis aswell, although not used then. This rock is easily accessable. No need to climb. So for now it is only Little Problems related. The other scenes shoots are shown in the next items.

LITTLE PROBLEMS

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SCREEN GRABS
 
REALITY SHOOT
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach At the waterfront. This scene has been taken at high tide. I took the picture at low tide. The big rock in the back is hidden on my picture. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach This scene has been taken behind the Little Problem rock at the peninsula. See how Callisto's cave is hidden now. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach Watch the background in the scene on your left. The same place in the picture on the right. Xena and Gabrielle are now walking on Bethells Beach. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach
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Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach Above: The center picture shows you the place where the 2 outer have been filmed. The hill behind Karin is the Miss Amphipolis place. Left and right : one of the ending scenes of Little Problems versus
the reality.
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Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach Another shoot at the ending of Little Problems. The shoot is taken from the Miss Amphipolis hill which is just behind the Litte Problem rock. The peninsula is between them. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach The place where Gabrielle is standing is just down the picture
on your left. She stands in front of the Little Problem rock.
If you stand in Gabrielle's place y
ou find on her left side the private track that leads to Bethells Beach Cottages. The same track used at the beginning of Ulysses and also used in Motherhood as mentioned above on this site.
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach

THE MISS AMPHIPOLIS HILL

I called that hill like that as it gives such a nice view and feeling standing above the black sand sea and above all other hills on the beach. Feel yourselves really Xena and Miss Amphipolis. It gives you thrills knowing that our heroes stood there too for making the scenes as we know from the Xena Warrior Princess show. This is an unique experience. And as far as I know these are one of the only scenes that are accessable for the public to discover it all. Bethells is the STAR for sure.

MISS AMPHIPOLIS

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Xena film locations - Miss Amphipolis - Bethells Beach As you can see on the right picture Karin stands where Xena stood.
We couldn't take such a close-up picture as the scene. Watch the background. You have the same rock into the sea. Where the red car is on the beach, that group of rocks is seen just behind Xena. During the years nature changed
a bit. But it is quiet fun to get up that hill and try to get almost the same scene shoot. I can assure
you that it has not been easy for the film crew as you only have limited space to move around there.
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Xena film locations - Miss Amphipolis - Bethells Beach
Hmm, what can I say. Couldn't resist. With my new Xena prop I simply had to be a warrior. Our JVC camera was our buddy and did a very good job. But ofcourse it is not so professional as with a filming crew. But you can see where Xena stood practising her swords play. I'm standing on that same place. The bushes are not all there anymore. Nature changed a bit since 1995 and we are now 12 years later.
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Xena film locations - Miss Amphipolis - Bethells Beach Two other long views from the Miss Amphipolis hill. You have an outlook onto Bethells Beach.
You have now the view of the crucifiction place out of Destiny. But you will see that later on again when I come to the place down the beach it self.
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RETURN OF CALLISTO

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Xena film locations - Return of Callisto - Bethells Beach This is a very self explanatory view. On the same place of Perdicus' funeral. Xena film locations - Return of Callisto - Bethells Beach

BETHELLS BEACH - THE STAR

THE FINALE OF THIS SITE. At Te Henga Beach a lot of scenes have been taken. You have already seen some of them here above. But here I show you some more interesting shoots versa our pictures. They all are almost shoot just in front of the private walk track from Bethells Beach Cottage towards the sea. Then just in front of the Little Problem rock.
Allthough Te Henga offers a wide choice of possibilities, they kept it all to the same location. But Te Henga is a STAR. You can take the same place with different angles of shooting and you get a total other scene. As the weather changes during the whole day, you can go from a very beautiful sunny scene into a storm and mysteriuos scene at the same place, same shoot, different weather = different view = different effect. Nature gives us that effect.

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This picture gives you a perfect view of the filmlocation where a lot of scenes have been taken. Below you find them episode by episode but it all happened here, in front of those rocks and on this beach

MOTHERHOOD       ULYSSES

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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood At Eve's baptising moment and the Gods Shooting Gallery. All near the private walk track from Bethells Cottages. Same place of Ulysses beach battle. Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood
Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood This picture on you right shows the end place of the Gods shooting scene. The tents you see are used in a new film/show which was filmed when we where there. Some kind of an army movie. So nothing to do with Xena but just to show you the place of filming scenes of Xena. This is directly in front of the Bethells Cottages track. Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood
Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood End of Motherhood. Overview of
the beach. Shoot in the evening. Our picture was taken during the day.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Motherhood On the right side the places where Xena and Gabrielle stood to take the ending shoot of Motherhood. You can see this more clearly on
the DVD I made. If you want a copy of the DVD, drop me a mail.
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MISS AMPHIPOLIS

The pictures on your right side are ours taken. The beach scenes have been taken on a very sunny day/moment. And indeed it really looks like that. Very brilliant, shining, sunny - a real paradise to be! The third and last picture on the right is taken from Bethells Beach Cottage on the hill. It gives a super look out of the beach. We got up every morning with this view. The middlest picture on the last row is taken beside the Little Problem rock. The rock formation you see in the back is the the rock wall behind the Little Problem rock, and is situated right from the Bethells walk track.

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SCREEN GRABS
REALITY SHOOT
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TSUNAMI
TEN LITTLE WARLORDS
BITTER SUITE

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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Tsunami Tsunami on the Te Henga beach on a very sunny moment. Lucky Lucy and Renée.
For Ten Little Warlords, Gabrielle, Callisto and Xena made the same walk here at the end of the episode, where Callisto changes back in our good old Xena.
At the end of The Bitter Suite the ocean took care of Xena and Gabrielle, both lying in this fresh cold water.
Hmm, wonder how they reacted on the cold water! Oh for Lucy the Kiwi no problem I guess. For Renée's athletic body n worries neither I think. Two perfect ladies for the perfect job. But the sea at the west coast is quite pretty cold. It is totally different from the seas known in Europe.
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DESTINY

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On your right side you see the place where Xena said her goodbye's to Caesar. In fact that scene is taken on the place as shown on the right picture. On our DVD you have more clearer view of that as we filmed this place entirely from different angles.

 

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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Destiny Evening view versus sunny picture.

The misty screengrab is nothing but reality. On sunny days with a lot of wind on the beach, the waves are splashing up and you get this misty effect of the seawater in the air.
Spectacular effect made by nature.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Destiny A very interesting Blooper in the scene shooting is the life guard post. Every scene taken from this angle, in any episode has the life guard post in the background. Look carefully at the crucifiction scene and the picture on the right side. You find the life guard post all in the back Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Destiny
  Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - Destiny This picture gives you a longer view on the shooting of the crucifiction scene.

RETURN OF CALLISTO

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Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - Return of Callisto The Chariot race on Te Henga Beach. It must have been spectacular when you live near by the beach and you could look at all these filming moments. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - Return of Callisto
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - Return of Callisto This chariot shoot has been combined with the same chariot race at the Wainamu Dunes and Lake. Go see the Wainamu site for more about it. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - Return of Callisto

TO HELICON AND BACK

For the episode a lot of extra efforts have been done. The scenes have been taken in combination with the sand dunes and sand plateau of Wainamu and with Bethells Beach.
The attack of the Amazones starts on the beach. They return from where they started the attack, to end up in the Wainamu stream in front of the Dunes, to climb them and go further from there with the story. A lot of screen manipulation has been done. The castle is put onto the mountain that comes out onto Bethells Beach. The return of Varia after being kept prisoner, is taken on Bethells Beach with Mountains of Wainamu in the background. Below I try to specify this picture by picture, screengrab by screengrab. This episode has taken a lot of work to put it together to show. For screencaptures at Wainamu please go to the Wainamu site.

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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back The place where Gabrielle lead the Amazones into the attack. Funny thing, there is no castle in front of them. Moreover the sand/beach scenes later on in this episode
have been taken at the Wainamu Dunes. Get over to that section
and see how they combined both locations to get the story done.
It is only a small distance between Te Henga Beach and Wainamu Dunes and Lake.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back No No No, no castle to see. Marvelously put together ain't it?
At the Xena-shop site you can see an example of the maquette of a castle that has been used. Go for the photo album on the Xena-shop site.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back Watch now very carefully. The Amazones start attacking in front and behind the rock.
Later on they will return to that place to start the connecting scene at the Wainamu Dunes.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back Another attack scene which started behind the rock. Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back
Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back Some hurted Amazones in front of the rock. Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back
Xena film locations - Little Problems - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back The place where Xena came out
of the water is just in front of the rock. It is also a very good place
to go body-surfing.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back Tha Amazones didn't go forward but they took the right side to go
to the beach dunes. On the left
side you see the dunes where
they ran to to hide from the catapults.
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Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back If you look carefully you see behind the girls the space between the beach dunes and the rock where they started from. Now they are going back. They are heading for the place where you see the tents on the right side picture. The next scene taken, where the Amazones climb up the sand dunes is taken at the Wainamu Dunes not for from the beach. For that go to the Wainamu site. Xena film locations - Bethells Beach - To Helicon and Back

 

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