Piha is a coastal village 40km west of Auckland City.
Nestled between the Waitakere Ranges and the Tasman Sea it is renowned for it’s surf and black sand beaches. Piha Beach and North Piha Beach are separated by iconic Lion Rock. Climb up and experience the incredible views. .
Piha has a permanent population of around 800 that has a preschool, art gallery, store, cafe, RSA (Returned Services Club), bowling club, community hall, 2 Surf Life Saving Clubs, a library and a post office lots of open space and a fabulous black sand beach.
Eating Out in Piha
- The Piha Cafe – Grill menu, salads, slices, cabinet food etc. Renowned for Pizza
- The Bowling Club – Popular. Great for children. Plenty of room
- The Piha SLSC –
- The Piha RSA – Inconsistent quality food
- The Piha Store – Delicatessen food, coffee and small selection of groceries
- Murrays – next door to Piha SLSC. Great menu, quality and prices
A must visit on the drive to Piha Beach, the Arataki Visitor Centre is a great introduction to the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park just 15 minutes from Piha.
Take in glorious views of the Heritage Park, chat to the local Rangers and pick up some track guides.
The West Coast Gallery is a dynamic, non profit, community arts venue, which exhibits and sells the unique artworks of over 200 artists all residing in the West area of Auckland City.
Art, jewelry, ceramics, cards, books etc from Westie Artists. Pick up some gifts or souvenirs.
The Hillary Trail
Access to The Hillary Trail from Piha. My favourite is the Zion Hill Track. We at Black Sands are happy to drop guests to the start of this track.