Top 5 things to do in Piha!
Piha is one of the most rugged and picturesque beach towns found on the West Coast of Auckland. Made famous for it’s wild surf, rugged and dramatic coastline, family-friendly walks, hipster vibe and a plethora of natural gems, Piha makes for a perfect getaway.
To help you plan this adventure, we’ve put together a Piha itinerary including the five must-do’s…
How to get to Piha from Auckland
First, let’s discuss how to get to Piha from Auckland. Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy, making Piha all the more appealing for your next getaway. A 45-minute drive from Auckland CBD will bring you through the lush Waitakere Ranges and over the hill to Piha. The ride there has plenty of scenic stop-offs for photo opportunities and will be a real contrast to the concrete jungle of the Auckland CBD. If your keen to stay in the bustling metropolis of Auckland, check out our free things to do in Auckland article here.
What to do in Piha
There are five quintessential things that you must do in Piha to ensure that you get the full experience.
1. Catch some waves
Piha surf is world renowned. So it’s no surprise that there will pretty much always be surfers out if the swell is decent. But surfing in Piha is not just for the experienced. It’s a great place to take some lessons from the locals, where you can do either private sessions or group lessons. Piha Surf School will hook you up with all the equipment you need, along with the perfect instructor for your day out on the waves.
2. Eat some really good food
The Piha Store is an absolute must for brekkie or lunch. Offering a range of delicious plated meals, along with a range of cabinet foods and super-charged smoothies to get you through the day. In our opinion, nothing goes better with a day of surf and sand than their craft beer and pizza.
3. Chase some waterfalls
Since Piha is part of the Waitakere Range, there are some beautiful lush forests to explore as well. The best Piha waterfall to check out is Kitekite Falls. A short twenty-minute stroll through native flora and fauna will bring you to Kitekite Falls – the perfect place to cool off on a hot day out and about in nature.
4. Go for a stroll
Kitekite Falls isn’t the only must-do walk. There are a whole range of excellent Piha walks that are not to be missed! Whether it be a leisurely stroll along the beachfront or a half-day hike through the Waitakere Ranges, you won’t be short of options to get your steps in. Be sure to check out the Mercer Bay Loop for some epic coastal scenes!
5. Climb a really big rock
Piha’s Lion Rock is the proud icon of the town and divides the black sand beach. Once an important Maori lookout back in the day, you can climb 3/4’s of the way up to the top in about 10 minutes. It’s steep, so it will definitely get the heart rate up! But the views from above are definitely worth it and offer a great perspective over this special New Zealand gem.
Sand, surf and jaw dropping scenic walks – what are you waiting for? Piha has everything you’d want for a Kiwi holiday! Check out our Piha holiday homes and start planning now!