On a lazy, sunny weekend in Auckland, Michael and I decided that we wanted to get out of the city and explore a bit. I am really into chasing waterfalls around New Zealand, so we had to find a one we hadn’t been to. Enter: the perfect day trip from Auckland, Piha Beach and KiteKite Falls.
Piha Beach and KiteKite Falls: The Perfect Day Trip from Auckland
We packed a lunch and drove the 45 mins to the falls first. Spoiler alert: it’s super hard to find the falls on Google maps. Especially since you’ll lose service when you get close. If you search for KiteKite Falls car park, instead of just KiteKite Falls, you’ll get proper directions. This way you can park your car and take the path to the falls.
We did a short 30 minute hike to the falls, and then settled in on the side of a hill. There isn’t much room to sit for a relaxing picnic at the bottom of the falls, but the view makes it worth it. Keep your eyes peeled in the water for eels!
After a couple hours of chatting and eating, we continued the hike up to the top of the falls. Holy moly! The top of the falls is so much more friendly for those looking to stay a while. There is room to sit, a swimming hole that you can jump into, and amazing views. It’s not the easiest hike to get to the top, but it’s short and a good workout.
After the falls, we headed to Piha beach to watch the sunset. I am so happy that we did this – it was the best sunset I’ve seen in New Zealand so far!
This is just one of so many great day trips from Auckland. For more posts on New Zealand, see the following: