Evening at Piha Beach


Added by Alex Souza

Miles upon miles of black sand beaches. The impressive Lion Rock (which you can partially hike up for unrivaled views). Less then an hour drive from Auckland.

The beautiful black sand stretches as far as the eye can see at Piha Beach. Just a short hour drive from nearby Auckland, Piha Beach makes for the perfect evening getaway.

Hike to the top of Lion Rock (well almost the top...the last portion of the trail is closed due to loose rock and hazardous conditions) for an amazing view of the breaking surf and setting sun. Ease of access and stunning beauty make this a must do if you're in the Auckland area.

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An absolutely breathtaking beach with an incredible rock formation and black sand. This was my favorite spot we visited in New Zealand.

over 2 years ago

A good walk on the black sand...

If you’re wanting to up your game from people watching to surfer watching, look no further! For the majority of the time, there’s always action going on here, as Piha is known to be a go to place for the avid surfer! Don’t forget to checkout lion’s rock!


almost 4 years ago

10/10 would recommend 👍

Great beach, great area! The walk from the car park to the beach itself is a beautiful adventure. Soft black sand, giant Lion Rock, and a scenic beach with a lot more to see close by.

over 5 years ago

So Close to Auckland...

Piha is a sleepy little beach town that has the quintessential NZed vibe, feel, people and experience. Get there early, go for a swim/ surf (be mindful of the tides/ current) then have a picnic and be prepared to be amazed by the sunsetting on Lion Rock. Heck, even climb up it and see it from there.

Make sure you check out nearby Kitekite Falls to swim on top of a waterfall! It's close by in the bush at the back of Piha. More details here: https://www.theoutbound.com/new-zealand/chillin/102829

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