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Jbmisch
Miramar, FL166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We booked a tour (The Piha Expedition) with Louis from Barefoot Tours in New Zealand and it was incredible! Probably one of the most beautiful beaches I've visited in my travels. The scenery was unmatched although waves were quite strong and we opted for strolls, hikes and occasional toe dipping for safety. The pics don't do this place justice, it was absolutely beautiful!
Written 13 March 2024
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Thembi Moraes
Auckland, New Zealand96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Love this beach and the lion rock there. Amazing creation. The toilets are a bit far away but it is a warm place to visit for a walk, play and surfing 🏄‍♂️
Written 7 March 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful water - very clear and surprisingly warm. Not very safe to swim in - lots of rips. Gorgeous scenery. Sand is very warm in the sun, so take sensible footwear.
Written 14 January 2024
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,061 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a visually interesting black sand beach in a cove between 2 rock formations. There is a strong caution about venturing to the water, but is well used by local surfers who I assume understand the risks for others there not much other than to admire the view. Apparently at dusk there is a chance of seeing the blue penguins (we didn't).
Written 7 October 2023
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Stefan K
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
My friends and I were blown away by this beach! It is so unique and special, the waves are phenomenal.
Written 16 August 2023
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Shriju
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beach with fabulous views. Walking on the black sand and sitting on the rocks was amazing. The climb the lion walk was closed however we say from a cliff the beautiful sunset
Written 7 August 2023
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Paloma B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
One of the COOLEST beaches I’ve ever been to. I believe it is currently inaccessible/dangerous to get to following slips due to the recent cyclone. The road there -weather aside- is a windy and gravelly with some of the most stunning views. Black sand beaches, the angry Tasman sea, spectacular rock formations and rich in Māori history. I was humbled by the force of the tides in the swimmable area between the flags. If you love the ocean and have faith in your swimming abilities, definitely go for a dip. To the left of Lion rock(?) following the shore out of view to the left there’s a cove with an awesome rock formation that makes the sea spray spectacularly through its crevices. Also, if you’re crossing the stream from the rougher side to the swimmable area, it is WAY deeper than it looks. I made it halfway across stubbed my toe on a rock I couldn’t see and fell in completely clothed. Either way, definitely worth the drive when the roads are cleared. 12/10
Written 17 February 2023
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georgie a
Tbilisi, Georgia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Great beach. little bit windy for my liking but good waves and great atmosphere. lot of beachgoers on weekend sunny afternoon
Written 13 February 2023
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Pete C
Adelaide, Australia533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Lovely broad beach, plenty of parking, with interesting cliffs lion rock, and keyhole in the Rocks. Just always swim in the patrolled area.
Written 23 January 2023
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Brollywood
New Zealand22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A strange way to start a review, but another two people have just drowned at Piha Beach; please, please do not swim at this beach unless you are an incredibly strong swimmer used to dangerous rips and currents that will pull you out to sea from almost anywhere on this beach. Piha is a beautiful place, but extremely dangerous for most swimmers. I grew up swimming on lonely unpatrolled surf beaches in the Bay of Plenty and I would never swim at Piha, even between the flags.

If you are visiting Auckland and you want to swim in the sea, try the beaches on the east side (Waitemata Harbour), e.g. Milford Beach, Murrays Bay, or Takapuna that are safer.

But if you stay out of the water, there are many lovely walks and spectacular views at Piha, it is very scenic and a nice, if windy, drive.
Written 21 January 2023
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