Piha beach

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Piha beach
Photo: © Fyletto
Lion Rock, Piha beach
Surfers at Piha beach
Photo: © Simon Clancy / CC BY
Wave at Piha beach
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Piha is possibly New Zealand's best known beach and for good reason. Not only is the scenery stunning but this is the birthplace of surfing in New Zealand. In addition, Piha is less than an hour's drive from the centre of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city.

Despite being so close to the North Island's main city Piha remains relatively unspoilt. The beach backs onto the rugged and heavily forested coastline of the Waitakere Ranges which is a national park meaning the area hasn't been over-developed.

The sand along this stretch of coast is quite unusual in that not only is it black but is also magnetic. This is due to the high iron content which in turn relates to its volcanic origins. Piha's black sand was produced by the eruption of the mighty Taupo volcano many milenia ago and is deposited along this coast by the Waikato River.

There are other hints to New Zealand's volcanic past at Piha. Set towards the southern end of the beach is the towering, iconic Lion Rock or Whakaari in Maori. It gets its name from the fact it looks a little like a lying lion from some angles although it is actually "volcanic plug" which dates back 16 million years.

As the original and one of New Zealand's best surfing beaches you can expect the sea to often be anything but calm. However, even on the calm days care should be taken as there can be strong, unpredictable rip currents at Piha. Despite being home to two of the country's premiere surf lifesaving clubs the sea here has still claimed several lives over the years. During the summer months the bathing is generally safe and as long as swimmers stay between the flags put out by the lifeguards there should be no danger.

Piha is big enough to soak up the summer crowds. There is beachfront parking, public toilets, changing rooms and a takeaway serving food and drinks on the beach.

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Piha beach Weather Info

5 Day Piha beach UV Index

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Piha beach tide times & sea state

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:32
Sunrise06:59
Sunset20:11
Dark20:38

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
13:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise07:00
Sunset20:10
Dark20:37

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 28mph
13:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:35
Sunrise07:01
Sunset20:09
Dark20:35

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 22mph
13:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
19:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:36
Sunrise07:02
Sunset20:07
Dark20:34

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:37
Sunrise07:03
Sunset20:06
Dark20:33

Wed 27/02 »

Surf report for Wed 27/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 3mph
13:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
19:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 06:01am (2.28m)
High 12:18pm (4.26m)
Low 06:40pm (2.38m)
Daylight
First light06:38
Sunrise07:04
Sunset20:05
Dark20:31

Today's weather

Heavy rain

20 °C
(68 °F)

Gentle breeze, 14.4 km/h from NE

Sea temperature

23.3°C / 74°F

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