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Piha Beach
A short drive west of Auckland is Piha Beach, one of the West Coast’s most popular getaways. A small coastal village sandwiched between the Waitakere Ranges and the Tasman Sea, Piha Beach is much loved by surfers and fisherfolk alike, but it’s also a great place for everyone to explore nature, both on the coast and in the hills.
 
The Basics
Split in two by the towering Lion Rock, Piha is a scenic beach with grand views of the Tasman Sea stretching out to the horizon. Experienced surfers ride the thrilling breaks on the beach’s outer bar while people who fish enjoy the great conditions at Lion Rock and the Tasman Lookout. But keep in mind that Piha is known for its strong riptides and unpredictable waves, so can be particularly risky for surfers and fishers.

Piha Beach is a popular stop on half- and full-day West Coast sightseeing tours from Auckland. There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature from the village, including hikes through the Waitakere Ranges and the short, steep walk up Lion Rock. There are also a number of fantastic lookouts, including the Tasman Lookout at the southern end of the beach. If time is on your side, you can overnight in one of several accommodation options, from romantic bed and breakfasts to campsites and motor camps with room for the whole family.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Piha Beach is ideal for surfers, fisherfolk, and those seeking a day on the beach and in nature. 
  • At the top of Lion Rock, you can rest at a pou whenua erected in the memory of Ngati Tangiaro Taua, an ancestress of the local iwi (Māori tribe), Te Kawerau ā Maki.
  • If you’re looking for a bite to eat, drop in at the Piha Cafe up on Garden Road, or at the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club down by the shore.
  • In summer, swim between the red and yellow flags, and get to know the lifeguards of the famous-in-New-Zealand TV show “Piha Rescue.”
  • The beach offers wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Although it may be hard to find accessible parking, drivers can drop off guests and find a spot.
  • Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and (if you plan to go for a hike) a sturdy pair of shoes. Consider a wetsuit outside of summer.
 
How to Get There
Piha is on the other side of the Waitakere Ranges from the rest of Auckland, so getting there involves quite a bit of driving. The easiest way from central Auckland is to follow the Northwestern Motorway to the Te Atatu Road turnoff (first left off the Harbour Bridge). Follow Urban Route 13 until you reach Piha Road, then follow Piha Road through the Waitakere Ranges to Piha Beach.

When to Get There
Piha Beach is wildly popular in the summer months, the best time for swimming and surfing. If you’re keen on avoiding the crowds, try visiting on a weekday in late January or early February, when Auckland workers have finished their New Year holidays and are back in the office. Otherwise, head to the beach early to guarantee parking (or book your accommodation well in advance).

Swimming at Piha Beach
Piha Beach is a popular swimming hole, but it’s also notorious for its powerful riptides and strong waves. Because of this, Piha Beach’s Lifeguard Service recommends that if you do go in the water, swim only in the patrolled area, typically marked by giant red and yellow flags. If there are no flags and no lifeguards, it’s best not to take the risk—stay out of the water.
Address: Piha Beach, Piha, North Island, New Zealand
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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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Explore the Waitakere Ranges rain forest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach, and take a nature walk through a lush rain forest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.
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Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour

Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour

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Travel with a small group on a guided tour to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, including a rainforest walk and a stroll on Piha Beach. This day trip heads west from Auckland with a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre for harbor views. Dig your toes into the black-sand beach pounded by large surf and walk to a cascading waterfall for a swim. Your knowledgeable guide points out native flora and birdlife along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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Volcanic beaches, native rain forest, and vineyards abound on this full-day tour of West Auckland. Begin with a wine tasting in Henderson Valley, then continue to the Waitakere Ranges, where more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of coastline and forest await you. Get elevated views of the reserve from the Arataki visitor center, explore the black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare, and get close to the Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy an included lunch before finishing your tour with more wine tastings.
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Auckland City and West Coast Full Day Tour

Auckland City and West Coast Full Day Tour

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Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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See epic views of the North Island’s coastline on this half-day tour to the Waitakere Ranges, led by a professional photographer with a passion for the outdoors and knowledge of local history. Stop by the Arataki Visitor Centre to view the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, stroll the black-sand Piha Beach, see 1,000-year-old kauri trees in a pristine rainforest and swim at Karekare waterfall. Lunch and round-trip transport included.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour of Piha and KiteKite Falls from Auckland

Private Tour of Piha and KiteKite Falls from Auckland

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Escape the city for a customized day among West Auckland’s spectacular natural playgrounds with a private tour to Piha Beach and KiteKite Falls. Learn about area history at the unique Arataki Visitor Centre, and then enjoy a flexible itinerary swimming or surfing at black-sand Piha and exploring the many Waitakere Ranges walking tracks that wind along waterfalls and sea cliffs.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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Photograph your way around Auckland's rugged West Coast during this full-day tour. With a professional photographer guide, visit the coastline's black sand beaches, like Karekare and Piha. Trek through rainforests filled with 1000-year-old Kauri trees. Get as much photographic advice as you like, and listen to commentary about the area's ecology, culture and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Group Lesson at Piha Beach, Auckland

Group Lesson at Piha Beach, Auckland

Surf lessons at Piha Surf Academy are of the highest quality. We pride ourselves in providing safe and fun learning environments for all of our surfers. Our coaches and lessons are supported and implemented with expertise in education and psychology ensuring all surfers enjoy high-quality lessons. We cater for all, beginners to advanced, children to adults, as well as schools and larger groups. Our surf school Piha based operates on the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand. A mind-blowing surf destination with perfect conditions for beginners to advanced surfers. This is a self drive experience, you will meet our surf team at Piha Beach to have a once in a lifetime experience!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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West Coast Discovery - Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach from Auckland

West Coast Discovery - Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach from Auckland

Explore the Waitakere Ranges rainforest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach or World famous in New Zealand: Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach, during an this tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park. Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this tour from Auckland Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 5 hours
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Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch

Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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See the untamed beauty of New Zealand’s west coast on this North Island day trip from Auckland. Travel with a guide to the Waitakere Ranges, with a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre overlook for views of the Tasman Sea out to the Pacific Ocean. Admire Maori carvings before a guided rainforest walk, then visit giant kauri trees and one of the area’s magnificent black sand beaches. Picnic lunch and light refreshments are included.
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  • 7 hours
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Piha Beach and Waitakere Rangers - Half Day Tour

Piha Beach and Waitakere Rangers - Half Day Tour

Waitakere Rangers, this stunning region includes more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline and natural treasures like the Karekare Falls. 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.
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  • 6 hours
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Best Of West Coast Of Auckland Half Day Tour

Best Of West Coast Of Auckland Half Day Tour

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The Waitakere Ranges are less than an hour away from Auckland’s city center but offer some of the most beautiful natural attractions on New Zealand’s west coast. This 5-hour tour picks visitors up from the city for an afternoon of exploring the rugged coastline before dropping them off in the early evening. The perfect trip for those who want to spend a day in nature without getting too far out of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

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See New Zealand’s coastal rainforest and black-sand beaches on a full-day shore excursion from the Auckland port. Visit Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for a guided bush walk and marvel at traditional Maori carvings and thousand-year-old kauri trees. Enjoy views over the Tasman Sea and savor a Kiwi-style picnic lunch on this small-group tour, with personalized attention from your professional guide.
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  • 7 hours
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Nature Day Tour - The Wicked West Tour

Nature Day Tour - The Wicked West Tour

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Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of West Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. Explore the crystalline black sand of Piha beach, the wild isolation of Karekare beach and the cascading Karekare waterfall. Travel in our luxurious SUVs through ancient native forests and be among the beautiful west Auckland scenery. With a maximum of four travellers (private tours can accommodate up to six travellers*) experience one of the best natural tours showcasing the hidden western gems Auckland has to offer. Alongside your Tour Bro. travel less than one hour from downtown Auckland to the beautiful wicked west.
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  • 5 hours
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Auckland City And Best Of West Coast Of Auckland's Natural Tour

Auckland City And Best Of West Coast Of Auckland's Natural Tour

While Auckland is known for its bustling center, some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions are just a short drive away from the inner city. This full-day tour takes travelers to see Auckland’s best urban sights before venturing into nature; the perfect option for short-term visitors looking for an overview of the city and its natural surroundings in just one day.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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West Coast Wilderness Experience

West Coast Wilderness Experience

Auckland’s Wild West is renowned for its rugged beauty. Walk through the sacred native rainforest, experience the rugged coastline and windswept, black-sand beaches. Home to unique wildlife and towering ancient trees, dramatic waterfalls, and some of the most breath-taking views you’ll ever see! The ‘wild west’ feels like another world away. All have a remote, untamed beauty that's good for the soul. Indulge in breath-taking panoramic viewpoints over the Tasman Sea, which separates New Zealand from Australia.
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  • 6 hours
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Discover Auckland’s Black Sand Beach and Rainforest with waterfalls & Bush Walks

Discover Auckland’s Black Sand Beach and Rainforest with waterfalls & Bush Walks

Discover Auckland’s black sand beach and rainforest and waterfalls only 30 minutes from the Auckland central city. Choose from multiple guided bush walks, learn about New Zealand’s eco system at Arataki Visitors Centre as you take in the spectacular views of the Waitakere Rainforest with the background of the Manukau Harbour hovering at a distance. Take a guided walk along the rugged west coast with the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, or dip your toes at Piha Beach. Whatever your fitness level, we will customise the tour to suit.
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Small group - 4-5 people. Black sand and wine. Piha and Muriwai beach.

Small group - 4-5 people. Black sand and wine. Piha and Muriwai beach.

Join us and experience the real New Zealand nature. Visit one of the most iconic places - Black sand beaches - Piha Beach, Muriwai beach, Gunnet colony and have lunch at one of the world-famous wineries. All in one day!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Adventure Day Trip to West Coast Beaches from Auckland

Adventure Day Trip to West Coast Beaches from Auckland

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Visit one or two beautiful west coast beaches on a half-day small-group tour from Auckland. Beaches that you may visit include Piha, Muriwai, Te Henga (Bethells Beach), or Whatipu. Many of these beaches offer huge stretches of sand with few other visitors. You might see caves, seabird colonies, or sand dunes, depending on the day's itinerary, which your guide customizes to the day's conditions and group.
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  • 6 hours
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Auckland Maori Tour

Auckland Maori Tour

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Follow an indigenous Maori guide around Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau) and the west coast of New Zealand on this full-day tour. Learn about Maori culture, myths, legends, and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from your Auckland hotel included.
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Private Auckland Luxury Tour

Private Auckland Luxury Tour

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Enjoy a Private Tour of Auckland City and its glorious West Coast. See the very best parts of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) on a Private Tour away from the crowds. Marvel at views of several ancient volcanoes and the spectacular nature surrounding New Zealand’s largest city. Explore the Auckland Domain with the Auckland Museum as its centrepiece. Marvel at Auckland’s 2nd-largest volcano. See the old colonial style mansions in the suburb of Parnell with many beautiful mansions. See Tamaki Drive, one of the world’s most beautiful city drives, admiring several of the stunning beaches along Auckland's shoreline. Explore Mission Bay, arguably Auckland’s most well-known beach with lovely golden sand. Enjoy great views of the famous Hauraki Gulf and the mystical island volcano Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano at 600 years old.
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Piha Adventure Tour

Piha Adventure Tour

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Spend the day outside the city of Auckland and explore the surrounding region on this guided tour. You’ll visit three major attractions such as the Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges before arriving at the popular Piha Beach where you will be able to enjoy a tour and free time to relax.
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  • 7 hours
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