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

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 5:35am (2.48m)
Low 11:58am (0.74m)
High 6:17pm (2.64m)
Daylight
First light06:27
Sunrise06:53
Sunset17:55
Dark18:21

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
18:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
Low 12:43am (0.75m)
High 6:46am (2.61m)
Low 1:10pm (0.62m)
High 7:24pm (2.82m)
Daylight
First light06:25
Sunrise06:52
Sunset17:56
Dark18:22

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 1:52am (0.55m)
High 7:53am (2.79m)
Low 2:16pm (0.45m)
High 8:24pm (3.03m)
Daylight
First light06:24
Sunrise06:50
Sunset17:57
Dark18:23

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 2:52am (0.33m)
High 8:52am (2.98m)
Low 3:13pm (0.26m)
High 9:19pm (3.22m)
Daylight
First light06:23
Sunrise06:49
Sunset17:57
Dark18:24

Thu 29/08 »

Surf report for Thu 29/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 3:44am (0.12m)
High 9:45am (3.15m)
Low 4:04pm (0.10m)
High 10:10pm (3.36m)
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:47
Sunset17:58
Dark18:24

Fri 30/08 »

Surf report for Fri 30/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
12:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
21:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 4:32am (-0.02m)
High 10:34am (3.27m)
Low 4:51pm (0.00m)
High 10:57pm (3.44m)
Daylight
First light06:20
Sunrise06:46
Sunset17:59
Dark18:25

Today's weather

Rain showers

13 °C
(55 °F)

Fresh breeze, 34.2 km/h from WSW

Sea temperature

15.3°C / 59.6°F

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