Attractive Surfing Vacation At Piha Beach

Surfing vacation in West Auckland encloses surfing beaches along the west coast from Muriwai southwards to the north head of Manukau Harbour. Compared to the east coast beaches the rugged west coastline offers the more consistent surf conditions for this popular water sport.

View to Lion Rock
Pou on Lion Rock
sunset surfing at Piha Beach

Piha Beach

Piha Beach is one of the destinations that stand out to spend some all round surfing holiday in New Zealand.

In 1958 already, the Americans Rick Stoner and his companion Bing Copeland cherished Piha for its surf qualities. Since then its reputation grew to the top of New Zealand’s surfing beaches surf able at most tides.

Lion Rock divides the long black sandy strand into two parts: South Piha and North Piha. Each of them has its own surf lifesaving tower to watch over surfers and swimmers between the flags.

Its rank on top of the surf rescue list reminds to stay between the flags while swimming. Meanwhile for surfers it is crucial to know about the rips and currents around the shoreline. They are ever changing with wind, tides and waves who keep sand in a constant move. Therefore some professional surfing instructions can help to learn about the conditions to enjoy a great time without  making use of your  New Zealand travel insurance

Facilities at South Piha

  • Surf club reached by a left turn into Beach Valley Road
  • Surf patrol during summer, from Labour weekend to Easter
  • Toilet with changing room and outside shower
  • Surf school
  • Shop

Follow Pia Road straight

  • West Coast Gallery is to the right
  • Piha Store
  • The Piha Cafe: Thursday - Sunday 9am - 4pm
  • The beach camping ground is to the left
  • Behind Piha Domain is a picnic area with a playground
  • Piha lagoon connects the Domain with the beach, children love to play in.

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Regular updates on the water quality is provided by the Waitakere City Council. The link is found on our page of government websites.

Facilities at North Piha

  • Surf patrol during summer
  • Toilet, changing room and outside shower
  • A grassy shadow rich place ideal for picnics is found at the very end of North Piha Road

Piha is a popular place for surfing vacation. .

It is too, favoured for body boarding, picnicking, blow-karting, rock fishing, beach games, beach walks and more….

All along Piha Road and North Piha Road start short tracks to look outs and longer bush walks with magnificent sea views in varying difficulties. Some keep opportunity to discover secluded beaches like Whites Beach or Anawhata Beach, waterfall and waterholes, Nikau palm groves and bush with vivid bird life.

Stay  at Lyons Rock B&B while on surfing vacation

Get up in the morning to the grand view of the Lion Rock while staying at the bed and breakfast named by the rock.

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