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Piha Beach
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Piha Beach showing general coastal views and a sunset

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.

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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 Region
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This family-friendly Piha vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges ...
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"My family and I had a fantastic 2 day holiday at Vickis place! It just wasnt long enough! Right next to the beach was really healing! Vicki was amazing, a lovely person who made us feel very welcomed and then just let us be to enjoy our holiday which I really appreciated! Lovely home with lots of ..."

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THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach
THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach
Piha, Auckland Region
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This family-friendly Piha vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges are also within 6 mi (10 ...
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THE Dunes on Prime South Piha Beach
Explore Piha - Piha Holiday Home
Explore Piha - Piha Holiday Home
Piha, Auckland Region
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Situated in Piha, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 mi ...
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