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Piha Beach

Take to the black sand and rolling surf of Piha Beach for epic surfing and serene rainforest walks.

Located on the western coast of the Waitakere Ranges, 40 kilometres from Auckland, the dramatic Piha Beach is framed by looming cliffs and subtropical rainforest. The village of Piha is small, consisting of just a library, camping grounds, a shop and a café. During the holidays, visitors flock to the area, meaning that accommodation, whether in the form of a B&B or a pitch in the local campsite, is at a premium, so it's best to book well in advance if you plan to visit during these periods. As you might expect, there aren't many dining options in Piha, but Henderson Valley, with its vineyards and restaurants, is just a short drive away.

Piha Beach, often referred to as the country's most famous surf beach, is where Malibu board riding was first introduced to New Zealand by two visiting Californian lifeguards. There is a local surf school that will introduce you gently to the local waves. Be warned – the surf can be quite wild here, so you are encouraged to stick to patrolled areas and check with local clubs before heading out onto the waters.

If you're more comfortable on solid ground, there are a variety of walking trails along coastal headlands and through the nearby rainforest. While here you can take the opportunity to wander amid the area's ancient kauri trees, once threatened by logging activities. Make sure to pack your camera and swimming gear if you're heading for Kitekite Falls. The water of the falls tumbles down 40 metres over the course of 3 tiers and makes for a wonderfully picturesque photo opportunity.

The easiest way to access Piha Beach is by car, with a scenic drive through the Waitakere Ranges. It's advisable to make a pit stop at Titirangi along the way as there are no petrol stations in Piha.

Make the most of your visit to Piha Beach. Here is a list of some of the top things to do:

Your next thrilling adventure is right in front of you! You might like to try out a Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Small Group Tour from Auckland or a Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Tour with Surf Lesson, Auckland.

Have a look at our Auckland things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.


Guide to Exploring Piha Beach


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Piha Beachstay - Hostel NZ$129
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 miles (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 miles (5 km).

      Bethells Beach Cottages NZ$330
      Bethells Beach Cottages

      Bethells Beach Cottages

      267 Bethells Road, Bethells Beach
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bethells Beach and within 12 miles (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 miles (15 km) of Bethells Beach, Waitakere Golf Club and Kerr Farm Wine. Babich Wines and Soljans Estate are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate NZ$166
          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 holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Waitakere Ranges, Trusts Stadium and Waitakere Golf Club. Karekare Beach and Piha Surf School are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Maison de Rose NZ$169
              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 miles (10 km) of Babich Wines and Trusts Stadium. Bethells Beach and Soljans Estate are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Miharo Bed & Breakfast
                Miharo Bed & Breakfast

                Miharo Bed & Breakfast

                12 Atarua Gardens, Waiatarua
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Waiatarua, this bed & breakfast is within 12 miles (20 km) of Waitakere Ranges, Auckland Zoo and Piha Beach. Trusts Stadium and Waitakere Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).