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“A stunning beach just byo picnic”
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Piha Beach
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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland
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Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour
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Adventure Day Trip to West Coast Beaches from Auckland
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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“A stunning beach just byo picnic”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Piha Beach is one of those beaches where you walk on the beach go for the bush walks but always swim between the flags. Not a beach for novices. Very few food & drink facilities but wonderful if you bring your own picnic and just relax. Bring the sunblock - you will need it. Bathroom facilities are scarce so ensure you know where they are.

Visited November 2012
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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“First steps into Tasman Sea”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

A great lovely beach and with breathtaking surroundings. My first day in New Zealand was spent here and it was truly a magical place. Lion Rock definitely stands out strong, dramatic, and proud. At a certain angle during sunset, it did actullay resemble a lion, sitting on the shore-standing guard.

I went during the beginning season of winter, so no lifeguards were on duty and the beach was pretty much empty ( which was a nice treat ). Beware of the water conditions and rough waves and cold temperatures. I'm from Hawaii, and I was at Piha Beach wearing two layers of clothes with a jacket and shoes, and that's unheard of, coming where I'm from.

The black sands at Piha Beach is amazing. Our tour guide informed us that, the black sands has very high traces of iron, from its volcanic origins and if you have a magnetic instrument tool, the black sands will stick to it.

TIPS:-Visiting Piha Beach during the winter monts is less crowded, however, no lifeguards on duty, but during the summer months, gets very crowded and parking space is limited.

-Never turn your back from a wave or the ocean.

-Bring a snack, lunch, or just coffee or tea. Have a picnic on the beach shore and enjoy. The birds there dont borther you. I enjoyed drinking a cup of New Zealand coffee on the beach during the cold winds, and snacking on biscuits.

-Lots of couples holding hands and walking around. A great spot to cuddle

-If its too dangerous to go swimming, then at least place your feet in the water, that way, you can tell your friends, you been inside the Tasman Sea. Once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us.

-If you have time and its a nice sunny day, do the walking trails nearby. I got to experience just a portion of it, and it was beautiful.

Piha Beach is a place to spend the entire day, just the scenery only will leave you speechless. Relax at the beach, walk the nearby trails, and stay until sunset. 100% Pure NZ

Visited April 2013
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Dargaville, New Zealand
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“Rugged West Coast Beach”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Magnifasint views large open spaces,hude exspance of Black sand ,the surf is amazing but take care to swim between the flags if no lifeguards only enter the water if you are competant.

Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“great beach but caution required”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

lovely views, nice natural beach, excellent life-guards over Summer. However, too many people under-estimate potential danger re rips etc. It is an enjoyable beach but you need to use common sense & not take silly risks.

Visited March 2013
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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“big beach, dangerous water”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

This place is most definitely worth the trip, if you're in the region. There are, apart from the beach and Lion Rock, a number of bush walks in the area. I recommend them all. If you like paddling in the Sea, you *must* observe the lifeguard flags and please take care - the rips here are so strong, unpredictable and dangerous that a whole TV series has been devoted to rescues on Piha Beach.

That aside, Lion Rock is awesome, and climbable (if you're fit), the beach is wild and windy, the bush is deep and beautiful. Take the Bush walk to Kitekite Falls - it's not too arduous, and massively scenic. There are public conveniences, and plenty of carparks and picnic areas - it's a lovely day out assuming the weather's on your side. Don't forget your sunblock - the Ozone Hole lets through the nasty UV and in summer you'd be badly burnt within 10 minutes, out on the beach.

If you visit on a public holiday, or really any nice weekend in summer, the place is likely to be crowded - it's a favourite day trip for Aucklanders. Having said that, if you're from Europe, it won't really seem crowded in comparison to holiday spots in UK or France, for instance.

So : great place to visit, walk and picnic, don't forget your Camera and a spare battery, beware the Sea and the Sun - and watch the speed cameras in Swanson (just as you drive in\out of the Waitakere hills on the way there, or back to Auckland) - they'll get you for sure if you're doing just 5 kph over the speed limit.

Visited September 2012
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