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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  • Enjoyed the walks surrounding piha beach, lion rock and tasman lookout track. We visited on a saturday in march and it wasnt to crowded. Surf lifesavers out till 5pm, recommend to swim between the fla...  more »
  • Wonderful beach but pay attention to the surf lifeguards as this beach is known for it's rip currents. Nice walks/hikes abound. Area can be popular in summer on weekends; generally much quieter during...  more »
  • Weaving along the winding roads to Piha, to visit Lion rock, or to simply grab a breath of sea air. Makes the trip even more fantastic. So many ancient Pohutakawa trees, showing off their glorious blo...  more »
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  • Beautiful must-do near Auckland. The day we went it was cloudy but I think even more beautiful that way. It's a small area but there are cute cafes nearby and a small trail to climb up the big rock on the beach. Good surfing beach.
  • Nice beach to visit. Long and smooth black sand beach. Went on a weekday so it's not so crowded. Nice to walk about and great place to take pictures.
  • Always a great place to Go, especially when it's hot... Awesome swimming beach... BUT.... !!! MAKE SURE YOU SWIM INSIDE THE FLAGS, AS THERE IS A VERY POWERFUL RIP...
  • More parking needed. Lovely windswept beach.. dogs should be banned and enforcement in place... nobody likes dog poo on the sand and sadly many of the dog owners visiting on the day i went were not being responsible and picking up their dogs mess... charming !!
  • 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.

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