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Piha Beach

A very scenic, accessible and popular beach, with good parking right at the beach. However Piha is also a very hazardous beach and all swimmers should stay in the patrolled area and obey the directions of the lifeguards. Still on average 150 - 200 people are rescued here each year. Piha Beach has a Lifeguarding service and all beach partons should swim between the flags and listen to advice of the Guards.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


This is a naturally hazardous surf beach exposed to usually large waves and with two strong permanent rips at either end of the beach. Always swim in the patrolled area in the centre of the beach. Stay on the inner bar, well clear of the feeder currents that run into the rips at each end of the beach.


Piha has long been a popular surfing beach owing to its good access and the often good breaks produced on the outer bar by the rip channels. However the outer breaks are for experienced surfers only. Less experienced surfers should stay on the inner bar and surf the reforming waves.


A very popular spot with good permanent channels running out against both headlands which can be fished from the beach and rocks. However the rocks are quite hazardous and anglers have lost their lives when washed off.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Piha Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Piha Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly fine with possible showers
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Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
Good. 7/10



Safety at Piha Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Piha Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Piha Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Piha Beach will be patrolled by Surf Lifeguards every Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday from 11am to 5pm between 23rd October 2021 until 18th April 2022. Week day patrols from 10am to 6pm* start from 29th November 2021 until 1st April 2022.


Click a safety symbol for more information on the risk

4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Piha Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


North Piha beach extends for 2 kilometres from the northern side of Lion Rock, the boundary with neighbouring Piha Beach, and Te Waha Point. The Piha Road after winding down into Piha Valley crosses Piha Stream with the northern road running along behind North Piha Beach, bending inland to cross Wekatahi Creek approximately half way up the beach. Houses lie to the east of the road occupying both the flat sand dunes and running up the steep backing slopes, while most of the eastern side is given over to extensive car parks, picnic areas, the beach and backing fore dune. On the north side of the stream is North Piha Surf Life Saving Club an adjoining car park, beyond which is 300m of beachfront houses. A small motor camp is located on the banks of Wekatahi Stream. The beach faces west south west and is exposed to the full force of the westerly winds and waves. The waves average 1.5 metres and combine with the fine sand to produce a low to moderate gradient beach fronted by an attached inner bar, then a seep trough and an outer bar that lies between 250 and 350 metres seaward of the beach. Larger wave break 500 metres and more offshore. The waves also produce strong currents that flow out against both headlands forming strong permanent rips. There are also rips spaced approximately 500 metres apart along the beach. All rips originate in the inner surf zone, with feeder current flowing toward the rips where they converge and flow out through the surf zone in deeper rip channels.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.maxx.co.nz/


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Beach Water Quality

Many councils provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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