Piha is a small coastal town on the western coast of Auckland. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area and a major day-trip destination for Aucklanders throughout the year, and especially in summer. There aren’t many carparks. And they fill up quickly.
Lion Rock is the most iconic landmark, its profile from all angles, known nation-wide. The Rock sits between two beaches, offering people who climb it, spectacular views in all directions.
Tasman Lookout Track
The Tasman Lookout Track is a steep track with some steps ascending cliffs at the southern end of the beach. At the top, a short branch to the right leads to a lookout point over Piha and Taitomo Island. The track continues around the cliff-top to a second lookout overlooking The Gap. The lookout track is the best place to get views of Lion Rock
Piha is one of Auckland’s most famous surf beaches. It can be a very dangerous place to swim due to the rip currents. The water fools swimmers by appearing deceptively calm, obscuring strong rips, and people should stay out of the water if they aren’t confident swimmers.
A reality tv show called Piha Rescue is often filmed here depicting the surf livers efforts to save swimmers in trouble. The show highlights how dangerous it can be to swim here