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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.


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THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach
THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach

THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach

15 Marine Parade, South Piha, Piha, Auckland Region
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Piha holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    A Beach House at Piha - Beachfront Romantic Hideaway, Prime South Piha Beach
    A Beach House at Piha - Beachfront Romantic Hideaway, Prime South Piha Beach

    A Beach House at Piha - Beachfront Romantic Hideaway, Prime South Piha Beach

    1 Marine Parade S, Piha, Auckland Region
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the beach, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Explore Piha - Piha Holiday Home
      Explore Piha - Piha Holiday Home

      Explore Piha - Piha Holiday Home

      74 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Piha, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home
        Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home

        Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home

        82 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Piha, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          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).

            Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home
            Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home

            Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home

            124 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Piha, this holiday home 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).

              Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
              Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home

              Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home

              105 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Piha, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk 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).