Bring the camera
As you travel through the Waitakere Ranges, stop at the lookout point before driving down to the beach. The views are truly spectacular, so you’ll want your camera handy.
Let there be rock
Climb Lion Rock, Piha’s most iconic landmark, and see the Māori carving. Lion Rock stands watch over the waves, sitting majestically between Piha and Little Piha Beaches.
Ride the waves through the exhilarating surf. This is one of the best surf spots in New Zealand so grab your board and a few mates and make a day of it.
Stay till sunset
Feel the silky-soft black sand beneath your toes as you take an evening stroll. On a clear day it’s worth staying to watch the sun go down in a blaze of pink and orange.
Walk to the waterfall
Take the easy walk along the nearby Kitekite Track to see the beautiful Kitekite Falls. This is a great short walk through the beautiful native bush and it’s suitable for the whole family.
Piha is renowned for its rugged beauty. Wind your way through the lush rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges to discover Piha Beach’s pounding surf, black volcanic sands and rocky terrain.
Keen surfers love the challenge of the notoriously wild waves and it’s also a great spot for day trippers and families. Caution should be taken by anyone in the water and swimmers must swim between the flags.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving. Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.
Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.