Beachlands is located on the "Pohutukawa Coast" and in close proximity to Maraetai. Together, the two areas have a combined population of around 5277 (according to the 2006 Census).
Manukau City Centre by car, is around a half hour drive and is the same time to the Auckland CBD by ferry.
By road, Papakura is a 30 minute drive, while central Auckland (Sky Tower) is less than 40 km from central Beachlands and Maraetai. Many English migrants and increasing numbers of South Africans have moved into the area in recent years.
The village has a fast expanding decile 10 school. There is also a kindergarten and several play centres.
There are no colleges for students aged 13–18 in the area but there are free buses providing access to schools such as Howick College and Botany Downs Secondary College as well as special character schools such as Elim Christian College, Sancta Maria College, Saint Kentigern College and Star of the Sea primary school.
The fully serviced marina at Pine Harbour includes a ferry service to central Auckland.
A limited service also operates to Waiheke at weekends during holiday periods.
Natural attractions in the immediate area include Sunkist Bay Beach, Shelly Beach and Snapper Rock. The Domain is the small park in the centre of Beachlands on the corner of Beachlands Road, Sunkist Bay Road and Karaka Road. Offshore, Motukaraka Island (also known as Flat Top Island or Flat Island) is located near the entrance to Pine Harbour Marina and is accessible at low tide. It is a short walk from the shore.
Te Puru Sports Centre, located in Te Puru Park between Beachlands and Maraetai, is the base for the Te Puru Keas (junior cubs), Cubs and Scouts. A gym, tennis, sports fields and a large indoor arena provide a cultural centre that unites Beachlands and neighbouring Maraetai into 'the Pohutakawa Coast' community. The Te Puru Centre was initiated by local effort and fundraising and completed with a 50% grant from former Manukau City Mayor Sir Barry Curtis.
A walkway/cycleway also runs between Maraetai and Beachlands following the coast through Omana and Te Puru.