an un unoccupied bench on the lawn at Bethells Beach Cottages overlooking the beach

to give is to love and to love is to live

About Us

Your hosts Trude Bethell and John Paice live by the motto, to give is to love and to love is to live. - written by Trude Bethell

Trude (with John walking alongside her) is 5th generation guardian of this slice of paradise, offering hospitality on the Bethell family land. They are honoured to be in this magical part of New Zealand, welcoming visitors from around the world.

Trude and John are an inspiration and share in some great local history and a good dose of pioneering spirit. They are not only specialised in providing unique lodging, but they have vast experience over many years when it comes to events.

Their unique lives are reflected in the “little touches” that make a stay at the cottages a very special experience.

Trude has loved her celebrancy work for over 30 years and will travel when needed.

Through her life of mentoring, healing, wisdom and love of life she continue to support personalised ceremonies with both individuals.

Both Trude and John appreciate that most guests prefer absolute privacy but wish you to know they are on hand to share their extensive knowledge of the local area.

They look forward to sharing the magic of Bethells Beach Cottages and this breathtaking place with you.

A historical black and white image of John Neale Bethell being towed on a trailer by two horses on Bethells Beach.

Our History

Original Bethells settler John Neale Bethell was removed from school at the age of nine and sent with his brother to clear family land in the Waitakere forest.

We invite you to read John’s memoirs of his remarkable life on the west coast and discover the fascinating history behind the Bethells' family farm.

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An amazing view of Bethell's beach.


Is there beach access from the cottages?

There is no direct track to the beach from our property. Please use the main public car park access

Can we bring our pets?

Although we love pets, we request that you do NOT bring them with you. Thank you

Is their cellphone coverage?

There is cellphone coverage in our area.

Is there WiFi available?

Wifi coverage is limited around the property but is available in the common area

Can we use the hot tub?

The Scandinavian hot tub is free for the use of all guests - this is a quiet space and closes at 9 pm. Suitable for up to 6 guests staying in the cottages

The Portable Kiwi Hot tub is for private hire and we can place this on your deck, fill with fresh rainwater and heat. Suitable for 2 guests. Price is $150.00 including GST per night for setup and break down etc.

What are the times for arriving and departing?

At the time you book please let us know your estimated times of arrival and leaving as this helps us plan our day. If this changes significantly please let us know 1-2 days prior to arrival.

Arrival 1.30pm or after and leaving 10am or before. We open at 9am and close at 9pm thank you

Where are the nearest shops/groceries and restaurants/cafes?

Swanson - 20 minute drive
Kumeu or Henderson - 30 minute drive
Auckland CBD 45 minutes or train from Swanson
Please ensure you bring your foods with you as your cottage is fully self-contained.