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“quiet and windy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Piha Beach

Piha Beach
Piha, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Piha
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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“quiet and windy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Its not your everyday white sand beach, quite the contrary, with its black sand and rough sea. But its a beautiful corner and so close to Auckland. At low tide, the island in the middle of the beach can be visited (more like a climb) for a great view of the area. Easy parking access.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Best Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

On a good day youll get thumping huge waves which can be a lot of fun to try get through!
black sand beach so on a hot day youll burn your feet getting from your towel to the ocean! make sure you run fast haha, but its such a good beach. My local!

Climb up Lion rock to get a awesome view.

And try the hot chips! mmmm

Visited September 2013
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Rhode Island
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“Black Iron Sand !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

What a beautiful beach !! We were here in March and it wasn't crowded. The view of Lion Rock was lovely and it was fun to watch the surfers. Just a really beautiful spot...

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Beautiful beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Beautiful black sand beach, not too far from Auckland. It's a pretty drive to get there, and the drive is worthwhile. Shout out to Phil the surfer who gave me the lowdown on the local surf scene. NIce left just off the rocks to the south side of the beach. Great grilled fish at Blairs on the Beach if you visit. A nice day trip away from the city. There is a surf school, but it was not open during my visit which was mid winter.

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing - and amazingly empty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Where are all the people? Never trouble parking or finding an empty stretch for a stroll. Beware of streams across beach if wearing shoes!(wade / bridge by road) At low tide head south, round the headland to see the Gap BUT do not get cut of by the tide!

Visited June 2014
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