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

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
12:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 4:56am (0.42m)
High 11:00am (3.31m)
Low 5:18pm (0.40m)
High 11:23pm (3.31m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:16
Sunset17:20
Dark17:48

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 5:39am (0.52m)
High 11:41am (3.21m)
Low 5:59pm (0.52m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:17
Sunset17:20
Dark17:48

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
21:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 12:03am (3.21m)
Low 6:20am (0.64m)
High 12:20pm (3.08m)
Low 6:39pm (0.66m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:17
Sunset17:19
Dark17:47

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
21:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 12:43am (3.08m)
Low 7:01am (0.77m)
High 12:59pm (2.93m)
Low 7:19pm (0.80m)
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:18
Sunset17:18
Dark17:46

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 1:22am (2.94m)
Low 7:43am (0.90m)
High 1:41pm (2.77m)
Low 7:59pm (0.94m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:19
Sunset17:18
Dark17:46

Sat 25/05 »

Surf report for Sat 25/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 2:05am (2.80m)
Low 8:26am (1.03m)
High 2:26pm (2.62m)
Low 8:43pm (1.06m)
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:20
Sunset17:17
Dark17:45

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

14 °C
(57 °F)

Moderate breeze, 22 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

18.9°C / 66°F

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