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Piha Beach

Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

The black sand shores and rolling surf of Piha Beach are 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Auckland on the western coast of the Waitakere Ranges. The beach is characterized by imposing cliffs and wild subtropical rain forest.

The population of Piha is small, and the village consists of a local store, a library, campgrounds and a café. Accommodation ranges from camping and cabins to bungalows and bed-and-breakfasts, but places are limited, so it’s a good idea to book well in advance during the busy times around Easter, June/July and December.

There’s not much in the way of dining out in Piha, but it’s just a short drive to restaurants and vineyards in the Henderson valley.

Piha is well known as a surf beach, where board riding was introduced to New Zealand by visiting Californians. A local surf school runs classes for those wanting to learn how to ride the waves. The surf can get quite wild, so only swim in patrolled areas and check with the local surf clubs before going surfing or fishing. Surfers sometimes encounter endangered Maui’s dolphins off Piha Beach.

Walking trails offer access to the rain forest and headland vistas. Take a hike through New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees, which were once under threat from logging. Make sure you take your camera and swimming costume on the walk to KiteKite waterfall, which drops 131 feet (40 meters) over three tiers into a clear pool.

Piha is accessible by car, and the scenic drive takes you right through the Waitakere Ranges. Free parking and public toilets are available on Marine Parade South. There is no gas station in Piha, so it’s a good idea to top up in the village of Titirangi on the way.


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Piha Beachstay - Hostel ¥8,099
Piha Beachstay - Hostel

Piha Beachstay - Hostel

38 Glenesk Road, Piha, Auckland
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Romantic Piha
    Romantic Piha

    Romantic Piha

    105c Piha road, Piha
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Piha, this beach apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Piha Surf School and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Bethells Beach Cottages ¥20,711
      Bethells Beach Cottages

      Bethells Beach Cottages

      267 Bethells Road, Bethells Beach
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bethells Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Waitakere Golf Club and Babich Wines. Kerr Farm Wine is 12.2 mi (19.7 km) away.

        Bush Sand and Sea
        Bush Sand and Sea

        Bush Sand and Sea

        26 Te Aute Ridge, Henderson. R.D.1, Bethells Beach, Auckland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bethells Beach, Waitakere Golf Club, and Kerr Farm Wine. Babich Wines and Soljans Estate are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate ¥10,450
          Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate

          Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate

          573 Scenic Drive, Waiatarua
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from Waitakere Ranges and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Piha Beach. Unitec Institute of Technology and Western Springs Stadium are also within 16 mi (25 km).

            Spectacular Hilltop Retreat near Piha
            Spectacular Hilltop Retreat near Piha

            Spectacular Hilltop Retreat near Piha

            23 Quinns Rd, Waiatarua, Auckland
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Waiatarua, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Waitakere Ranges, Trusts Stadium, and Waitakere Golf Club. Karekare Beach and Piha Surf School are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Maison de Rose
              Maison de Rose

              Maison de Rose

              18 Kitewaho Road, Swanson
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Swanson, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Waitakere Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Babich Wines and Trusts Stadium. Bethells Beach and Soljans Estate are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast ¥7,363
                Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast

                Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast

                18 San Domingo Rise, Henderson
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Henderson, this bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Trusts Stadium and within 9 mi (15 km) of Auckland Zoo and Western Springs Stadium. Waitakere Golf Club and Unitec Institute of Technology are also within 9 mi (15 km). Henderson Sturges Road Station is 25 minutes by foot.