Holidays in Piha Beach

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Piha Beach featuring a sunset and general coastal views

A remote and idyllic beach where striking emerald cliffs and lush rainforests meet black sandy shores and clear blue waters.

Located about 40 kilometres from Auckland on the west coast of the Waitakere Ranges, Piha Beach is a stunning black sand beach set in a dramatic landscape of imposing cliffs and subtropical rainforest.

Popular with surfers, it was here that board riding was first introduced to New Zealand by visitors who came over from California. Piha has its own local surf school were novices can learn to ride the waves. The surf can be pretty wild in this location, so it’s advisable to stay within areas that are regularly patrolled. You should also find out about expected conditions with local surf clubs before heading out on the water to surf or fish. Off the coast of Piha, you may be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the endangered Maui dolphins.

Back on dry land, take a hike through the rainforest to see New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees, before taking in the great views from the headland. One of the walking trails goes to KiteKite waterfall, which cascades 40 metres down over three tiers and into a clear pool – the perfect spot for a few scenic photos and to enjoy a swim.

The village of Piha itself has a small community and only has a local shop, a library, a camp site and a café. A short drive away in the Henderson valley meanwhile you’ll find pleasant restaurants and picturesque vineyards.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, there are campsites and cabins, as well as bungalows and bed and breakfast places dotted around the neighbourhood. Bear in mind that accommodation is limited, so it’s best to book your room well in advance, especially if you’re visiting in the busier months around Easter, June and July, or December.

Easy to reach by car, the drive through the Waitakere Ranges to Piha offers some breath-taking scenery. At Marine Parade South you’ll find free parking, although Piha doesn’t have a petrol station so make sure you fill up your vehicle at the village of Titirangi on the way.

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Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
105 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
Situated in Piha, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Piha Surf School and Piha Beach. Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Beach are also within 6 miles ...
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Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
1 Marine Parade S, Piha, Auckland Region
Nestled on the beach, this Piha holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Beach and Piha Surf School. Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges are also within 6 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"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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A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
15 Marine Parade, South Piha, Piha, Auckland Region
This family-friendly Piha holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piha Beach and Piha Surf School. Karekare Beach and Waitakere Ranges are also within 6 miles ...
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Fantastic location - and better than the pics!
"We had a great stay at your bach - thank you! The location was perfect - across the road from the beach, with fab views. The bach itself is a little tired - but in a quintessential kiwi bach kind of way. The property was clean and had everything we needed. Great host, with easy, quick communication. ..."

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THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
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Piha Beachstay - Hostel
Piha Beachstay - Hostel
2 out of 5
38 Glenesk Road, Piha, Auckland
The price is AU$111 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
105 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
Seaview, Sun and Surf - Piha Holiday Home
A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
1 Marine Parade S, Piha, Auckland Region
A Beach House at Piha - beachfront romantic hideaway, prime South Piha Beach.
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
15 Marine Parade, South Piha, Piha, Auckland Region
THE DUNES on prime SOUTH PIHA beach
Stunning private forest setting;  flavours of Bali. Walk to beach, eateries....
Stunning private forest setting; flavours of Bali. Walk to beach, eateries....
10 Glenesk Rd, Piha, Auckland Region
Stunning private forest setting; flavours of Bali. Walk to beach, eateries....
Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home
Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home
82 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
Surfer's Sunshine Cottage - Piha Holiday Home
Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home
Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home
124 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland Region
Sea of Green Lookout - Piha Holiday Home
Serene Piha Retreat
Serene Piha Retreat
15 Pendrell Rd, Piha, Auckland Region
Serene Piha Retreat
Lion Rock Seascape - Piha Holiday Home
Lion Rock Seascape - Piha Holiday Home
26 Piha Road, Piha, Auckland Region
Lion Rock Seascape - Piha Holiday Home
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