Piha beach and the surrounding area contain an abundance of awesome bush and beach walks. Piha Beachstay is located at the heart of the Waitakere Ranges with easy access to all of the nearby walks.
This iconic island in the middle of the beach resembles a sitting lion. You can climb over halfway up the back to get a great view of the beach.
The lookout is at the southern end of Piha Beach and has stunning views out to the Tasman sea. A track leads you right infront of the Gap, spilling water into the Bluepools. When there is low tide you can walk back along the beach and discover the Keyhole.
Beautiful walk into the splendid isolation of this valley of native rainforest. This is a great place to swim in summer (or in winter if you are really keen) Recently a history of the Kauri Tree Logging in the area has been presented with displays along the track.
Excellent small beach north of Piha and a nice lookout on the way. There are a few different tracks to Whites Beach. If you just want to go to the lookout it will take you about 30 minutes one way.
Picturesque track along the Piha Stream to the former timber dam. The remains are traces of the intensive milling for kauri timber which finally stopped in 1921.
SCENIC DRIVE AND PIHA ROAD AREA
A pleasing easy walk at the top of the Piha Hill with views of the Tasman sea and the coastlines from 100 m vertical cliffs and a lighthouse. You can carry on from here down to Karekare Beach. Really keen explorers can also scramble down the steep track to Mercer Bay and discover the huge caves.
Location for the Oscar winning movie "The Piano". Explore the lakes and the black sand dunes south of the beach, do one of the tracks listed below or just make a relaxing picnic at this huge beach.
tramping half way in the bush and walking back along the beach between the lakes, interesting rock formations and a small tunnel.
Small hidden paradise just beside the road in Karekare. Walk up the Lone Kauri Road for a few minutes - it's on the left side. As you're walking to the waterfall you've got the chance to have a dip in the nearby refreshing Opal Pools.
Spectacular beach that can only be reached by a 30 minutes walk. The track starts at the end of the Anawhata Rd, a gravel, narrow and winding road - so drive carefully.
From Piha Road and an easy 4km return. View the waterfall, reservoir and dam.
From Scenic Drive this walk offers variety with the dam and reservoir, many large Kauri and the historic tramline with tunnel
Explore this remote West Coast beach, walk over the hill to O'Neills, explore the caves or walk over the big black sand dunes to Lake Wainamu (30 minutes one way).
Visit the Gannet Colony on this wild West coast beach. There is a cafe/store for lunch.
It's a remote beach that forms the north head of Manukau Habour. The road is narrow and windy and you have to cross a fjord. But it's worth to go there - there are a lot of beutiful things to see like the large cave that was once used for dances or do one of the tracks mentioned below.
Picturesque track to the Pararaha Valley where it leads down to the beach and back to Whatipu.
A track with spectacular views across the Manukau harbour and the Whatipu valley.