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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.

Popular Activities at Piha Beach

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.


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Bush and Beach Rest
Bush and Beach Rest

Bush and Beach Rest

44 Rayner Rd, Piha, Auckland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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).

    Piha Beachstay - Hostel ¥6,788
    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 ¥18,187
        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 ¥7,603
            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 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).

              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 ¥8,976
                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).