Piha Beach, Piha

4.7
#1 of 25 in Beaches in Auckland
Explore and relax in a wild coastal landscape at Piha Beach, formed by distinctive volcanic black sand. Divided in two by the imposing bulk of the towering and iconic Lion Rock, the beach remains one of the area's most popular. Grab your surfboard and hit the waves, or just kick back along the shoreline and enjoy the view of the sea, accented by the lush surroundings. Keep in mind during your visit that the beach sometimes has very dangerous riptides, so swimming far from the shore is best avoided even for confident swimmers. Put Piha Beach and other Piha attractions into our Piha journey planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We were there At the beach after some heavy rain so this may have caused a lot of mud to be washed down the river. But walking from the car park near Lion Rock across the beach our shoes got caked in ...  more »
  • We are lucky enough to have friends who live here so when our cruise ended we decided to visit The beach was fantastic mainly black sand. Lots of surfing happening but not by us. Life guards are prese...  more »
  • Great place for a swim, walk or just out to explore. We hired a car and travelled the windy scenic drive from Auckland. Lovely day and lovely experience  more »
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  • Wild beach, black sand so can get quite hot to walk on. No cleaning off facilities to wash off before getting back in your car which can be a bit annoying when loading small kids in.... small designated area for swimming and not ideal for younger children due to strong currents. Good for surfing and boogie boarding, just catching some sun and exploring. There's hikes up the big rocks with stunning views from the top and long stretches of beach for walks.
  • Awesome beach... it was a good 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot to the beach.. the changing room is really nice and dry.. The view around is also beautiful for great pictures.
  • One of the most beautiful beaches I have seen. Definitely worth the drive. If you go exploring, don't get caught on the rocks leading to the southern part of the beach, when the tide comes in. Can get pretty dangerous.
  • Amazing black sand beach. Quite busy in summers. Limited parking space. Public toilets not in working conditions. Else a nice place to visit for a short drive.
  • One of the best beach as well as one of the most dangerous beach too. Tides could be really bad . Be careful in bad weather . This beach is beautiful and also lion rock is great for hiking.

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