While living and working in Auckland, I want to explore as much as I possibly can in my off time. I’ve made a list of all of the possible day trips I can take from the city, and I’m checking them off in accordance to how excited I am to visit them. Piha Beach has topped the list for quite some time now.
Piha Beach: Getting There
I’ve seen photos and heard stories of the beauty that Piha Beach holds for the past year, from my friends who have visited New Zealand. I figured it was time to visit it myself.
Piha Beach is a little under an hours drive from Auckland. Michael and I packed a lunch and hopped in the car. We stopped once for a coffee to go, and then got back on the road. Once you get out of the city, you’ll be driving down some insanely gorgeous roads. The roads are surrounded by lush, green, rolling hills that are filled with grazing cows, sheep, and horses.
After a bit of winding (be prepared if you get carsick), witness insane views of the ocean. The views coming down into Piha are just as stunning as the rolling hills. The ocean is a light, cerulean blue, and the tide comes in so slowly.
Piha Beach: What to Do
Park in the lot and walk out to the sand. The black sand is so fine and soft – take off your shoes and feel it for yourself. I was shocked at the silkiness of the sand. Michael and I walked up and down the beach, staring at the massive rocks rising out of the sand and watching the waves come in. The water was cold, and it was a windy spring day, so we held off on swimming.
While looking up at the massive rock that splits the beach in half, we noticed a person half way up. Upon closer inspection, we found a carved staircase. We decided to take the challenge and hike to the highest point we could get to. It’s a short, very steep hike. Make it to the top for magical views and excellent photo opportunities.
I’d suggest bringing a picnic out to the beach, maybe a book or a bottle of wine, and spending a good few hours out there. I’ll be in Auckland for a year on my working visa, and I’m sure that I’ll be visiting this beach many more times.
There is nothing like a good beach to rejuvenate a person, hey?!