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Piha Beach

Piha Beach

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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
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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
US$116.05 per adult
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Afternoon tour.
This was an enjoyable afternoon 4.5 hours tour that took us to see a beautiful part of Auckland and the north island. Piha beach was wonderful and the hike in the Waitekere Rain Forest was so beautiful and informative. Our guide, Wayne, was constantly giving information or telling jokes which kept us all entertained. Well done !!!
John_A, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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A great place to visit
Craig_B, Oct 2022
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
This was an amazing tour. Our guides were informative of the area, friendly, helpful, and so fun to be with. The shuttle was comfortable and clean. We really enjoyed the friendship extended to us. Piha beach was amazing.
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Afternoon tour.
John_A, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
This was an enjoyable afternoon 4.5 hours tour that took us to see a beautiful part of Auckland and the north island. Piha beach was wonderful and the hike in the Waitekere Rain Forest was so beautiful and informative. Our guide, Wayne, was constantly giving information or telling jokes which kept us all entertained. Well done !!!
star-5
An adventure to remember!
Linda_Z, Jan 2023
Piha Beach / Rainforest
This was an amazing tour and an adventure that we will always remember! We visited the Rainforest and were rewarded with a great view of the waterfalls, plants, trees, and birds. On our visit to Piha Beach, we explored the Beach and rock formations at low tide. Brett was a great guide, providing us with history, insights, and encouragement.
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Lovely Excursion to Piha and the Rainforest
Steve_P, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Our local driver and guide were funny and full of information. The rainforest is beautiful and we had the opportunity to view the falls. Piha beach is lovely and a surfing hotspot. I recommend this to anyone looking for a 1/2 day tour in the region.
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The Wow factor
Chantelle_C, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
An amazing experience of nature and beauty that will make you say "wow" A must do experience, with excellent tour guides and value for money.
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Up close and personal with nature
Pauline_M, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
We had a wonderful day tour here -a short distance from Auckland and an amazing topographical difference from the city. Our guides, Alex and Burkhard from Bush and Beach, were extremely knowledgeable, professional, courteous, engaging and FUN. It was a terrific half day tour from Auckland. We loved it! The arataki crntre views are spectacular. The rainforest walk was informative. The beach was beautiful. A great day!
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Fabulous trip!
Katherine_P, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
What a treasure Tony is! So knowledgeable, informative, great story teller, and funny! We so enjoyed this sneak peek into Auckland’s hidden treasures 😍
star-5
Great tour
angela_w, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Wonderful tour! Sites were beautiful. Marc was very knowledgeable and informative. Definitely recommend!
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A misty fairyland in Piha beach
Yan_L, Dec 2022
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
It was raining almost all day. I was not prepared for such weather. Fortunately, Jason, our driver and guide, has raincoats and umbrellas stocked on the bus. This saved me from getting wet during the trip. It was also a luck trip that the rains stopped when we arrived at Piha beach. Thus you can see the black sand beach in fog. Stunningly beautiful. The sand was surprisingly soft and relaxing. Jason, explains very well about local history and native plants. I have learned a lot.
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Wayne is the best!
Tracey_M, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Wayne the driver & guide was fantastic! Very entertaining. The rainforest walk is easy for all ages. The views at the center & beach are breathtaking.
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Nice tour, wonderful places
mehran_m, Nov 2022
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Piha Beach is a must to see, gorgeous place. The tour was awesome the tour guide was knowledgble , funny, super nice. He made the journey much more pleasant
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Fun and informative....
PAUL_P, Jan 2023
Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Fun and informative. Guide Kevin was excellent. Itinerary was ideal and the sites interesting. The rain did not deter what was a great trip
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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