Piha Beach

Piha Beach showing general coastal views and a sunset
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Piha Beach

THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
Piha, Auckland
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Piha. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (46 reviews)
Great location
"Was a lovely location right by the beach, perfect spot near the local shops and restaurants"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

THE DUNES on 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.
Piha, Auckland
Stay at this beach vacation home in Piha. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Piha by the Beach
"The property was querky and in a fabulous location. Had every you need including firewood for the fire. Thoroughly enjoyed our time here."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
Piha, Auckland
Stay at this cottage in Piha. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and a TV. Popular attractions Piha Surf School and Piha Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Restful long weekend
"Great kiwi Bach for us to chill out in for a couple of days. Very cute cottage with everything we needed. Thanks very much."

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
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THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
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A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
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Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
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Romantic Piha
3.5 out of 5
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Stunning private forest setting; flavours of Bali. Walk to beach, eateries....
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Piha - City Escape, Piha Holiday Home, PIHA
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