Welcome to Piha


Although Piha is popular, it’s also incredibly dangerous, with wild surf and strong undercurrents, so much so that it’s spawned its own popular reality TV show, Piha Rescue. If you don’t want to inadvertently star in it, always swim between the flags, where lifeguards can provide help if you get into trouble.

Piha may be bigger and more populated than neighbouring Karekare, but there’s still no supermarket, liquor shop, bank or petrol station, although there is a small general store that doubles as a cafe, takeaway shop and post office.


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$162 Outdoor Activities

Auckland City and Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Full-Day Tour

Your morning Auckland city tour is designed to explore the history and sights of the city as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on over 50 dormant volcanos and between two harbours. Known as the City of Sails, it’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. This small group city tour includes stops at iconic landmarks such as Mount Victoria in Devonport and Westhaven marina.Your afternoon eco tour is spent in the Waitakere Ranges. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquillity of the rainforest.Travel to the Arataki Centre, an information centre built high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges. From here you get breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.Continue on to the lush rainforest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and silver ferns.Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand of Piha beach beneath your feet as you stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. The perfect Auckland day trip.During the afternoon we also include a New Zealand style afternoon tea including biscuits and tea and coffee or juice.This unique small group tour operator is a Gold Level Certified Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.

$68.94 Day Trips & Excursions

Auckland to Piha and Waitakere Full-Day Ecotour with Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Waitakere RangesExperience the beauty of the West Coast of AucklandDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Arataki Visitor CentreYou’ll make your first stop of the day at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where you can gaze out at the panoramic vistas of Auckland and its two harbours. This cultural centre also offers unique insight into Maori culture thanks to a variety of Maori carvings on display. You can also learn more about local wildlife in the area, including the ‘weta’ insect and the sky-high ‘Kauri’ treesDuration: 1 hourStop At: Elements SurfContinue deeper into this wilderness area by heading to the nearby Piha region. You’ll take a short walk to visit a picturesque cascade of waterfalls and search for native creatures such as the longfin eels and the ‘Keruru’ bird. Make your last activity stop of the morning at one of Piha’s black-sand beaches, a site where you can explore the famous Lion Rock, take a quick dip, or simply sit back and watch the pounding surf. Duration: 2 hours

$182.71 Day Trips & Excursions

Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Enjoy a morning pickup at your central Auckland hotel then, at 9:30am, take a seat in your vehicle and head into the Henderson Valley — the heartland of Auckland’s wine industry — to begin your tour. First, visit Babich Wines with your guide, and sample a range of reisling and sauvignon blanc wines produced on their vineyards in Hawkes Bay. As you taste the wines, gain insight into the process the grapes undergo from vineyard to glass.Then, continue on into the beautiful Waitakere Ranges to the Arataki visitors’ center. On arrival, enjoy panoramic views over the rainforest reserve and learn of the diverse flora and fauna thriving below the leafy canopy. Continue on to top natural attractions including the remote black-sand beach of Piha and the New Zealand native forest setting of Karekare, and admire the beautiful Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 50-minute drive through the dense rainforest and open farmland to a local cafe for lunch. After lunch, travel through the Ararimu Valley to West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines, and sample some of the diverse chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir wines in production. When your final winery tour comes to an end, return in comfort to your Auckland hotel to conclude your 7.5-hour tour.

$137.88 Tours & Sightseeing

Auckland Full-Day West Coast Tour with BBQ Lunch, Wine Tasting

Start off the day at downtown Auckland at 10am in front of the Mercure hotel. Here you will be met by your guide. You will travel in a clean, modern, air conditioned people mover. The tour lasts between 8-9 hours and includes water.From the city, drive straight to Maori’s bay to check out the black sand, huge surf and the gannet colony. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year. There is also a chance at low tide to check out a cool cave inhabited by some colourful crabs.After taking in the fresh air of the coast, we head to Westbrook winery here you will have the opportunity to taste locally grown wines produced on the winery in Waimauku. The Ivicevich family have been making wines here for over 100 years. After the wine tasting you will enjoy a BBQ lunch cooked by a professional chef overlooking the beautiful vineyard.After lunch we travel to Bethells lake. Here we will stroll through a shallow stream and traverse sand dunes to get to an amazing fresh water lake. This is an amazing spot to take a dip or dive into the refreshing water, or just relax with views of the lake.Next up is Mercers bay, here you will witness amazing views of lion rock, Piha beach and steep drops from the rugged cliffs onto the ocean.  The final stop before heading back to the city centre is a beautiful waterfall through native bush.  The waterfall we visit will depend on time, but there is no doubt it will be amazing.There may be chances to do some other activates during the day depending on how we go with time. You will return to Auckland central at approximately 6pm.

$93.07 Kid Friendly

BEST OF WEST COAST AUCKLAND HALF DAY TOUR (MIN. 2 PEOPLE EACH BOOKING)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Piha Beach, Piha, North IslandWest coast of Auckland is a great introduction to New Zealand nature and visits some stunning scenery of rainforest and beaches. Easy walking tracks and dramatic coastlines are only a short drive from Auckland city centre and our experienced guides and small group size means you will be well looked after.Duration: 30 minutes

$109.61 Classes & Workshops

Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Waitakere RangesEnjoy the beauty of the West Coast of AucklandDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Arataki Visitor CentreYou’ll make your first stop of the day at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where you can gaze out at the panoramic vistas of Auckland and its two harbours. This cultural centre also offers unique insight into Maori culture thanks to a variety of Maori carvings on display. You can also learn more about local wildlife in the area, including the ‘weta’ insect and the sky-high ‘Kauri’ trees. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Elements SurfContinue deeper into this wilderness area by heading to the nearby Piha region. You’ll take a short walk to visit a picturesque cascade of waterfalls and search for native creatures such as the longfin eels and the ‘Keruru’ bird. Make your last activity stop of the morning at one of Piha’s black-sand beaches, a site where you can explore the famous Lion Rock, take a quick dip, or simply sit back and watch the pounding surf. Duration: 2 hours