Piha

Quality Rating: 
8
Wave Type: 
Beach break
Wave Size Min: 
1.0ft
Wave Size Max: 
10.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Powerful
Hollow
Barrels
Optimal Swell Direction: 
SW
Optimal Wind Direction: 
E
Tide: 
All
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Beginner
Crowd Level: 
8
Danger: 
Rips

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Description: 

Piha features a solid beach break which is well regarded as a top surf beach in New Zealand. South Piha often has a good left hander off Camel Rock. There are good peaks with left and right handers off both sides of Lion Rock, which can get heavy double-ups from thw back wash. Use the rip near Lion Rock to make an easy paddle out. North Piha has several peaks down the beach, near the stream and down the north end. Piha is good for surfers of all levels, but can get a solid shorey so be careful and when its big leave it to the advanced riders. Piha is very popular, especially in summer, so crowds are to be expected - know your rules.

Directions: 
From Auckland head West through Glen Eden on West Coast Road. At Waitatarua make a left turn on to Piha Road, it should be sign posted to West Coast Beaches, follow this all the way to Piha. Coming into Piha turn on to Seaview Road, down to the beach and turn off for either South Piha or North Piha, you can see the beach as you come down the hill. There is a South Piha South Lifesaving Club and a North Piha Lifesaving Club.
Nearest Town: 
Auckland
Nearest City: 
Auckland
Travel Time from City: 
20mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Facilities: 
Toilets
Changing room
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