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.
Activities and facilities
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Piha Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Piha Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in October 2021.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
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.
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.