Playing around on Piha beach, Auckland
Piha beach, Auckland

By Arno Gasteiger

Kitekite Waterfall, near Piha
Kitekite Waterfall, Auckland

By Rob Suisted

Lion Rock, Piha
Lion Rock, Auckland

By Scott Venning


Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills.

A laid-back seaside village 45 minutes west of Auckland city, Piha is popular with local kiwis - especially in summertime. The dramatic beach, which is marked at each end by rugged cliffs, is a popular surfing location. The water has strong and often dangerous currents. However, in summer, surf lifesavers patrol an area clearly flagged for swimmers.

You can take surfing lessons or try abseiling down the Piha canyon. A popular licensed cafe and a takeaway bar offer fast food and there’s a bar and restaurant at the surf club.

In terms of accommodation, there are cottages and caravans for rent, a campground and a B&B home stay. It’s also possible to rent private beach houses. Remember to book ahead, especially during summertime which is high season.

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