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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$154.04 Outdoor Activities

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-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.

$53.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour from Auckland

Departing from Auckland City each day, Elements Surf gives you the unique opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and explore the breathtaking sights of Auckland’s largest and most treasured Regional Park as well as one of New Zealand’s most coveted surf beaches. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff take you to the must see spots of the lush Waitakere Ranges, uncovering spectacular vistas and unforgettable native beauty. You’ll then visit the magical KareKare falls before heading to the famous Piha beach where you will have free time to explore the black sand beach and its surroundings. You even have the option of surfing this amazing spot! A truly unforgettable way to experience one of New Zealand’s most treasured coastlines!

$164.09 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.

$133.95 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Auckland's West Coast Tour with Lunch and 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.

$107.16 Classes & Workshops

Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland

Departing from Auckland City centre every day, the tour offers the opportunity to explore of one of New Zealand’s most treasured Regional parks, and have a world-class surf lesson at the renowned Piha Beach.First you’ll be guided through the lush lands of the Waitakere Ranges before heading to Auckland’s west coast. First up - A stop off at the Waitakeres beautiful KareKare falls. A rare chance to experience a stunning 30 metre waterfall and some of New Zealand’s Picturesque landscape all to yourself.Next, you’ll head to Piha Beach for a bit of fun and relaxation before finishing off the perfect day by hitting the waves for a 2 hour surf lesson with one of our internationally qualified instructors.After the lesson, you’ll have the chance to grab some delicious food at the local café before heading back to the city.The ultimate way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life - perfect for those who are keen on nature, surfing and adventure!

$80.37 Outdoor Activities

Auckland's Rainforest, Black Sand Beaches and Wilderness Trilogy Eco Tour

Your 5 hour Eco Trilogy Tour will begin with your Downtown Central City Hotel pick up as your experienced local guide will firstly take you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to Auckland’s Waitakere ranges with its spectacular breathtaking views over both of Auckland’s Harbours. From there your journey will take you to 2 of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring volcanic black sand beaches, Karekare and Piha, on the West Coast of Auckland where you will get the chance to walk the trails and feel the black sand as you listen to the pounding of the surf nearby. Walk the Pohutakawa Glade (our native Christmas Tree) and trek to cascading waterfalls as you immerse yourself in the native fauna, flora, trees and native bird life of New Zealand. En route you will marvel at the spectacular panoramic views looking down the coastline and across the Tasman Sea