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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.
It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Piha Beach. Below are some of the top activities:
When planning your trip, you might want to consider buying a Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Small Group Tour from Auckland and a Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Tour with Surf Lesson, Auckland.
If you'd like even more activities, take a look at our Auckland things to do page.
Situated in Piha, this beach vacation home 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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Unitec Institute of Technology, Western Springs Stadium, and Waitakere Ranges. Auckland Zoo and Museum of Transport and Technology are also within 16 mi (25 km).
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).
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).
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