Surfing in Piha
Information, rentals and lessons

Piha is a great base for surfing the local Auckland area.


There are waves here at Piha every day and the North East Coast, Coromandel Peninsula and Raglan are all within 1.5 - 2.5 hrs drive.

Surfing at Piha and Nearby

Piha Beach consists of two distinct beaches - South Piha and North Piha with Lion Rock dividing them. Best surfed between 3-6 foot (1- 2.5m) in easterly winds on all tides, and is good for surfers of all levels.


South Piha

  • Most popular area of the beach and features quality left and right beach-breaks

North Piha

  • features a multitude of beach breaks.

  • Best on a smaller swell 3-4 ft with offshore winds, all tides.

  • You can find good peaks behind Lion rock and the north side and further up the beach at Helipad, Rivermouth, United and at Caves at the very north end of the beach- which has good shelter from strong NE winds.

Other recommended surfing beaches nearby are Karekare, Anawhata and Whites.


Further afield among others are Te Arai. Forestry, Raglan and Whangamata which are possible as day trips all within 1.5 - 2.5 hours drive from here.

Piha Surfboard Rentals

Piha Beachstay has a variety of surfboards and wetsuits for hire to guests.

Surfboards $25 1/2 day $35 full day and wetsuits $10. We have mini-mals and longboards.

Surfboards are also available for hire from the two Surf Shops in Piha:

Piha Surfing Schools and Lessons

There are several surf schools at Piha offering surf lessons for Adults and Children including surfboard and wetsuit. Please contact the surf schools directly. They can pre-arrange lessons for your stay. (Prices subject to change)


Piha Surf School

 Phil and Zen Wallis - Piha surf lessons 1.5 hr (Beginner to advanced and children)

  • Adult one-on-one lesson ; $ 120.00

  • Adult group lesson (max. 4 persons) ; $ 80.00 per person 

  • Group; 8 adults or more ; $ 70.00 per person

  • Students; - $ 225.00 per term

  • Adult; multiple lessons (10 lessons)  $ 70.00 per lesson


Lion Rock Surf School

2hr one-on-one and group Piha surf lessons (Beginner to advanced and children)

  • Adult - one-on-one $120

  • Adult - group lesson $80

  • Kids - $40

  • Surfboard hire $20-$40; Bodyboards $10 - $30; Wetsuits $10-$20

Rapu Adventures

Return transport from central Auckland to a suitable west coast or east coach beach, 

Will go wherever the conditions are best for learning on the day. Includes Surfboard and wetsuit hire and Surf safety lesson.

  • 1 Day NZ $120 2 x 2 hour surf lessons

  • 2 Day NZ $199 4 x 2 hour surf lessons.

  • 5, 7 and 14 day surf packages includes all transportation, accommodation, food, surf lessons and Surfboard and wetsuit hire.

  • If you are a guest of Piha Beachstay, enjoy a 15% discount on your first day of surfing.

Surfing in New Zealand: What to bring?


A shortboard and a longboard/mini-mal for the smaller days will get you by.


North Island:

Jan -March: Boardies or 3/2 short arm/legs and 3/2 full suit for spring and autumn.

April- Dec: A 3/2 will do in Northland but the further south the colder it gets and you'll enjoy a 4/3 full-suit.

South Island

Summer: 3/2 full-suit Winter: 4/3 full suit plus hood, gloves and booties.

Surf Shops, Ding Repairs, Surfboard sales and Shapers

Local Surf Shops:
There are two local surf shops that rent and sell surfboards and accessories

Lion Rock Surf Shop: Ian Ratso Buchanen is a local surfer and shaper. They sell new and used surfboards, clothing, wetsuits, wax, legropes and have rental boards and wetsuits. $30-$40 per day and wetsuits $15-$20 per day. Located next to the Piha Store in the centre of town. Seasonal hours during summer 10am - 4pm daily.

Piha Surf Shop: Mike Jolly is a local surfer and shaper and sells new and used boards, clothing, wetsuits, wax, legropes and have rental boards and wetsuits. $25 -$35 per day and wetsuits $10. Located 122 Seaview Road on the way down the hill to Piha. Open year-round when Mike isn't surfing! Ph: (09) 812-8723

Auckland Surf Shops:

Surfboard Ding Repairs

Dingfixers- Surfboard Repairs. Green Bay- West Auckland. Jon 021 782 787 

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