Piha beach

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Piha beach
Photo: © Fyletto
Lion Rock, Piha beach
Surfers at Piha beach
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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

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
13:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
19:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 1:32am (2.98m)
Low 7:48am (0.37m)
High 1:58pm (3.07m)
Low 8:16pm (0.44m)
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise05:56
Sunset20:37
Dark21:07

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
19:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 2:19am (2.90m)
Low 8:34am (0.44m)
High 2:46pm (3.00m)
Low 9:05pm (0.51m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:56
Sunset20:37
Dark21:08

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 24mph
13:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
19:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 3:09am (2.82m)
Low 9:25am (0.53m)
High 3:37pm (2.93m)
Low 9:59pm (0.58m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:57
Sunset20:38
Dark21:09

Wed 18/12 »

Surf report for Wed 18/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 24mph
13:00 13ft 11s  °  ° 28mph
19:00 14ft 11s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
High 4:05am (2.75m)
Low 10:20am (0.61m)
High 4:34pm (2.86m)
Low 10:58pm (0.63m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:57
Sunset20:39
Dark21:09

Thu 19/12 »

Surf report for Thu 19/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 5:05am (2.72m)
Low 11:24am (0.67m)
High 5:36pm (2.83m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:57
Sunset20:39
Dark21:10

Fri 20/12 »

Surf report for Fri 20/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
13:00 8ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
19:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 12:03am (0.63m)
High 6:12am (2.74m)
Low 12:32pm (0.67m)
High 6:43pm (2.85m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:58
Sunset20:40
Dark21:11

Today's weather

Light rain

19 °C
(66 °F)

Gentle breeze, 12.6 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

20.1°C / 68.2°F

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