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Piha Beach

Piha Beach

Free admission
Piha Beach, Piha

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.

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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
$114.87 per adult
Traveler Favorite
West Coast Tour
What a superb afternoon! Visiting the rainforest and exploring all it had to offer and seeing unusual sites was exciting. Being a beach person, getting to see the black sand beach was a highlight! Wow was all I could say! We even got to enjoy having tea there!
Mary_M, Aug 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Outstanding team
William_K, Feb 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Outstanding driver and guide. Provided us with a detailed history of New Zealand and consistently ensured for the safety and welfare of all passengers. Awesome experience! Will definitely go back in the near future.
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Best afternoon in NZ
Judy_H, Apr 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
One of the best tours I have been on . Very informative guides and the right amount of time at each place . Would highly recommend.
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Beautiful and enthralling tour
Christina_L, Feb 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
A can’t miss tour with an exceptional tour guide, Oly. We learned so much about the Maori roots, the geological origins, and present-day politics of New Zealand. The rainforest walk is accessible for casual walkers and the Piha beach is stunning. Lots of beautiful vistas along the way! Bush and Beach is the best for a small group tour!
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Awesome
Raluca311, Jan 2020
Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour
The tour was absolutely great, nice views, the guide was very kind, we have learned a lot of things about New Zealand. We truly recommend this tour!
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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Barbara_K, Feb 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
One of the best tours we had on our 2 week visit to New Zealand. Our guide Tamara and driver Ollie were full of information. The rainforest was fantastic and the guide commentary was excellent. The Piha beach has magnetic sand. The perfect end of tour gift was a handout of the many places and things we saw on the tour. A bonus on the way back - they answered all questions that people on the bus asked.
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Nature at its best
Helen_C, Mar 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Really enjoyed the tour the beach and rainforest were really beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. Would recommend.
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Beautiful day at the beach and rain Forrest
JoAnn_E, Mar 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
The best! Guide Richard was extremely knowledgeable, as was our driver, Dave. Bus was comfortable, not too large, and it was easy to hear commentary. Good stop for pictures and walks along the beach, the rain Forrest, and at the visitor’s center, our best viator tour ever!
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Piha Beach and Rainforest
Connie_D, Feb 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
The Piha Beach and Rainforest tour booked with Viator and operated by Bush and Beach from Auckland Center was a great experience. Our driver and guide were wonderful, information, energetic, and involved with all of us on this tour! A five-star operation. Just do it!!
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Recommended Tour
David, Mar 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Very friendly, informative tour guides who obviously love their jobs. They give you a wealth of information about their country and particularly about the natural features.
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Great nature tour
LILIANAGURREGO, Feb 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
It was a nice half day trip to get to know some of the areas outside Auckland. We walked through some native forests and went to Piha beach. The tour guides were fun and very knowledgeable about the vegetation and the history of Auckland.
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A+
Alexander_C, Mar 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Amazing tour guides, extremely knowledgeable about the history, wildlife and Auckland. Felt more like their passion than a job! Gave a very homey feeling with tea and biscuits waiting after at the beach!
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Piha Beach and Rainforest tour.
Anthony_G, Mar 2020
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
We enjoyed the guide and driver. The guide did a very good job explaining the things we saw The sites where beautiful

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 apou whenua erected in the memory of Ngati Tangiaro Taua, an ancestress of the localiwi (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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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