Situated on the western edge of the Waitākere Ranges, on the coast of the Tasman Sea, Piha is one of New Zealand’s north islands’ most popular beaches. With only 39km of scenic drive from Auckland, easily accessible by any vehicle, Piha’s population has grown rapidly and stably in the past years.
The area is traditionally a part of the territory of the Māori tribe Te Kawerau ā Maki. The name ‘Piha’ comes from the original name for the rock now known as Lion Rock. ‘Te Piha’ means the divided ripple at the canoe’s bow, which the waves breaking around the rock were likened to.
Piha was the birthplace of New Zealand board riding in 1958 and has been the scene of both New Zealand national and international surfing championship competitions. The two surf clubs, wide lifeguard petrol, easy parking, and access to the beach reassure that the surfing community will grow strong.