10 Things to Do in Piha That You Shouldn't Miss

August 10, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Discover the best top things to do in Piha, New Zealand including Kitekite Falls, Arataki Visitor Centre, Piha Beach, Elements Surf, Oh Yeah Tours, Rapu Surf, Waitakere Ranges, West Coast Gallery, Piha Surf Academy, Piha Surf School.
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1. Kitekite Falls

Piha, Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent
72%
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Kitekite Falls

Reviewed By Paul K - Eastleigh, United Kingdom

We walked to the top of the falls. It is quite a steep climb but well worth it. I recommend wearing suitable footwear I myself wear my trusty old Merrels (strapped sandals) Various paths around Piha are closed due to Kauri dieback although there does not appear to be any signs stating this so perhaps not officially closed and as a tourist you have no idea) but we were told this one was open. The view of the falls from the bottom are breathtaking. The pool at the base had a couple of eels swimming around

2. Arataki Visitor Centre

300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City, Auckland 2004, New Zealand +64 9-817 0077
Excellent
67%
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31%
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4.5 based on 181 reviews

Arataki Visitor Centre

The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. It's 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to Beaches, breathtaking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops, including the Hillary Trail, black sand Beaches, Waterfalls and giant kauri trees. The Park Rangers here will help you make the most of your visit. They know the latest track and weather conditions and the directions to the best places in the Park. If you are staying in the Park overnight, ask for the best camping & campervan sites.

Reviewed By Ranger145 - Mancos, Colorado

Loved this visitor center and the nature trails at it's location! The views were amazing with well maintained trails. The staff inside the center go above and beyond to answer any questions you might have. Make the effort to get to this beautiful site!

3. Piha Beach

Piha, Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 678 reviews

Piha Beach

Reviewed By Hendrik B - Pringle Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

Most people will just hop over the hot sand to immerse themselves in the seawater. Not Me. I`m a geologist and is interested in the black sands and geological history that was laid bare for anyone just remotely interested in geology or geography to enjoy, and what a complex history!!!

4. Elements Surf

108 Piha Road, Piha, Auckland 0772, New Zealand
Excellent
95%
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5 based on 93 reviews

Elements Surf

Elements World is your one stop Travel Company that has it all! Surf Adventures - Campervan Rental - Vehicle Buy and Sell - Sightseeing Tours - Travel Adventures

Reviewed By Dr D

thank you Bones! it was a perfect day trip with a glance at the beauty of Surfing at piha beach!
Bones is really patience and takes all the time it needs to give you your first experience and the first ride on the board. he makes you feel comfortable in the water even though we never surfed before and my gf is quite scared of the ocean.
he is also a perfect tourguide and you soon realize he is a real kiwi by heart!
a must do !!!

5. Oh Yeah Tours

83 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland 0772, New Zealand
Excellent
88%
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Oh Yeah Tours

With us you'll discover the real New Zealand. We will take you on the Auckland's best, half day tour, you will enjoy the Auckland's most beautiful Beaches, rainforest, stunning Waterfalls, black and white sand Beaches, the amazing Waitakere ranges and the breathtaking panoramic views, that are just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland. Best prices, transport and service guaranteed.

Reviewed By Samara S

Matthias is absolutely wonderful! Decided last minute we wanted to see piha beach. Emailed oh yeah tours and Matthias quickly responded. He offered a same day private tour. Not only was the trip extremely affordable but quite perfect. Matthias picked us up on time showed us a beautiful waterfall along the way. As this is his home town, he described a perfect way to spend the day! This was the highlight of our trip and our special day! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Matthias and his tour company. Strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about seeing piha beach, which I highly recommend to call Matthias!

6. Rapu Surf

Cmb 113, Piha, Auckland 0646, New Zealand
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5 based on 22 reviews

Rapu Surf

Established in 2001, we were known as New Zealand Surf 'n' Snow Tours for 13 years. We have re-branded ourselves as Rapu which in Maori means 'to seek' and, we feel, captures the quest to find that perfect New Zealand adventure. During summer, we offer both day and multi-day Surf Tours. During winter, whether you are a skier, snowboarder or an outdoor adventurer we have snow tour options for you.

Reviewed By Maëva G - Auckland Central, New Zealand

We Start the lesson at 7am, it was a perfect sunny Day! First Dan explains "How find the rip current? " the differents way to find it and where it' s safe to surf. He knows how to reassure and for me it was important before to jump on the Board! "The sea doesn't try to kill you " : ) after some exercices on the sand and the Board it was time to try on the water!! Perfect! Dan watch out each of us and one by one he help us. For my first lesson I manage to stand up (with the pop up) even If it was for few seconds ; ) He was patient and advise me to improve my way to surf! Thank you very much Dan it was a real pleasure! Next time I would like to follow the wave!

7. Waitakere Ranges

Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand +64 9-817 0089
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 706 reviews

Waitakere Ranges

This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous Beaches.

Reviewed By TravlQ - Bengaluru, India

Beautiful ranges; we drove through these ranges during our road trip. It was an amazing experience. There are also good breakfast joints on the way with amazing views. Do make a pit stop for a good English breakfast with awesome view.
View of clouds touching hills is simply mind blowing. A must do road trip; recommended highly by me

Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent
37%
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

West Coast Gallery

Reviewed By Jason B - Auckland, New Zealand

A great little gallery at the bottom of the hill by the fire station and opposite the campground. Always a feast for the eyes with everything from photography to ceramics, with many of the artworks and Exhibitions inspired by the local landscape. This is a community run gallery everything is locally produced and handmade by one of the Coast's many artisans.

9. Piha Surf Academy

108 Piha Road, Piha, Auckland 0772, New Zealand
Excellent
84%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Piha Surf Academy

Welcome to Piha Surf Academy, a place for every surfer. Surf lessons, holiday programmes, competitions, surf specific training and more. Piha Surf Academy is Surfing New Zealand approved surf school, making sure you learn to surf in a fun and safe environment.

Reviewed By Shobbyy - Auckland Central, New Zealand

This was the most adventerous and memorable part of my trip to Piha. Really loved the way they helped and made Surfing Fun!

10. Piha Surf School

138 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland 0772, New Zealand
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Piha Surf School

Piha Surf School offers Surfing lessons for beginning, intermediate and advanced surfers. We are dedicated to spreading the "stoke" of Surfing by teaching techniques that allow you to have fun and be safe in the water. Our instructors are world class surfers who are guaranteed to get you up and riding even it is your first time Surfing.

Reviewed By Ronaldvdp84

For me and my girlfriend it was the first time on the board. Our instructor was Phil and he was really enthusiastic about Surfing. We were in a class of 4, which is also the max.
We started on the beach where he explained shortly (+\-5min) what we had to do on the board when a wave came up. Then we went already in the water! I think we did like 30 waves in 1,5 hour.
It was absolutely awesome! Thanks Phil for the great experience and we will definitely come back for a 2nd lesson!

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