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Encyclopedia > Piha
Looking north over South Piha beach to Lion Rock. North Piha beach is visible beyond.
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Piha Looking North to Bethells and Muriwai Beaches
Piha Looking North to Bethells and Muriwai Beaches

Piha is a coastal town in northern New Zealand. It is one of the most popular resorts in the area and a major day-trip destination for Aucklanders throughout the year, although especially so in summer. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1136x852, 191 KB) Looking across South Piha Beach to Lion Rock, Auckland, New Zealand. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1136x852, 191 KB) Looking across South Piha Beach to Lion Rock, Auckland, New Zealand. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (589x701, 104 KB)Location map of Piha, New Zealand I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (589x701, 104 KB)Location map of Piha, New Zealand I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha1b. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha1b. ...

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Location

It is located 28 kilometres west of Auckland city centre, on the Tasman Sea coast to the north of the Manukau Harbour, amidst the Waitakere Ranges. The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... Map of the Tasman Sea Satellite photo of the Tasman Sea The Tasman Sea is the large body of water between Australia and New Zealand, some 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) across. ... Location of Manukau Harbour Manukau Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in New Zealand and the sixth largest in the world by area. ... The Waitakere Ranges are a chain of hills generally running approximately 25 km from North to South generally 25 km west of central Auckland, New Zealand. ...


The area has retained much of its natural beauty and isolation. The rugged coastline and forested Waitakere Ranges offer a number of walks, or tramps, ranging from easy to very difficult. Close to the beach are the Kitekite Falls which while not very large are picturesque. Swimming is possible all seasons in a pool just above the falls while at the bottom is a sheltered picnic area popular in summer with families.


Features, Geology

Lion Rock, a natural formation named for its similarity to a lying male lion when viewed from the rear (shore side), is a natural formation dividing North and South Piha beaches. Lion Rock is immediately visible to visitors as they descend along the only access road. Lion Rock has become iconic not only of Piha, but of Auckland's West Coast in general. It was featured on stamps as well as an Auckland phone book. A blowhole is also located at Piha. The blowhole of Monks Cave, a sea cave near Aberystwyth In geology, a blowhole is a cavity formed in the ground at the inland end of a sea cave. ...


Surf

Piha is probably New Zealand's second best-known surfing beach after Raglan, and it has a reputation for awesome surf. It was the birthplace of New Zealand board riding in 1956 and has been the scene of both New Zealand national and international surfing championship competitions. This black ironsand beach is notorious for its rips and currents, so is not a good beach for novices to attempt. Two Surf Lifesaving Clubs provide surf patrols in summer. United North Piha Lifeguard Service is responsible for the section of the beach north of Lion Rock and Piha Surf Life Saving Club patrols the section of the beach to the south of Lion Rock. Both clubs provide patrolled areas designated by red and yellow flags as is the custom with New Zealand Surf Lifesaving. Surfing outside Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. ... Raglan is a seaside town and surrounding district associated with Whaingaroa Harbour (also known as Raglan Harbour) on the west coast of the Waikato region in New Zealands North Island. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is on surf lifesaving in Australia; for surf lifesaving in New Zealand, see Surf Life Saving New Zealand. ... United North Piha Lifeguard Service is a New Zealand Surf Lifesaving club located on North Piha beach on the West Coast of Auckland, New Zealand. ... Piha Surf Life Saving Club (sometimes called Piha Lifeguard Service) is a surf lifesaving club for the southern section of Piha, on the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand. ...


Extreme Danger

The rips along this section of coast are very unpredictable and can shift with little warning. They claim many lives despite the efforts of surf life-savers, although the life-savers commonly complain of people swimming outside of the flags.


Immediately to the north of Piha is Whites Beach, accessible only by foot. Mercer Bay is immediately to the south but is also only accessible by foot. The nearest beaches accessible by road are Karekare to the south, and Anawhata to the north. Karekare beach Karekare is a small coastal resort in northern New Zealand. ... Anawhata beach Anawhata is a beach on the coast of New Zealand west of Auckland. ...

The view from Lion Rock.
The view from Lion Rock.
Piha Looking South over Karekare to the Manukau Heads
Piha Looking South over Karekare to the Manukau Heads
North to Lion rock and Te Waha Point
North to Lion rock and Te Waha Point
'Golden Glow'
'Golden Glow'
'The Cradled Sun'
'The Cradled Sun'
'The Last Ride'
'The Last Ride'
'Ridges of Intrigue'
'Ridges of Intrigue'
Piha after Sunset
Piha after Sunset

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (9951x1249, 3132 KB) Piha beach, west of Auckland, New Zealand, from Lion Rock, looking inland. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (9951x1249, 3132 KB) Piha beach, west of Auckland, New Zealand, from Lion Rock, looking inland. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha4. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha4. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha5b. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha5b. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha6. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha6. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha7. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha7. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha8. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Piha8. ...

External links

  • Surf, photos, Happenings etc
  • Piha Beach website
  • Another Piha website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Piha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (511 words)
Piha is a coastal town in northern New Zealand.
Piha is probably New Zealand's second best-known surfing beach after Raglan, and it has a reputation for awesome surf.
United North Piha Lifeguard Service is responsible for the section of the beach north of Lion Rock and Piha Surf Life Saving Club patrols the section of the beach to the south of Lion Rock.
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