Piha Beach, West Auckland

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Piha Beach, West Auckland

Lion Rock forms an impressive background for Piha Beach. 

Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

Quite surreal. An approach to the beach through the foliage.

Piha Beach, West Auckland

The drive to the beach was not looking promising. Then the fog rolled in. 

Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

Saturdays are the busiest days in Auckland, in general. All the groups and clubs show up en masse. Sunday is usually deserted until much later.

Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

Piha’s black sand beach is famous for its waves. Howver, Piha also has its fair share of rip currents. And yes, unstable cliffs.

Piha Beach, West Auckland

What would you be likely to find at Murray’s (the only food place at Piha beach)? Well, how about tacos, or burritos! However seafood jostles with vegan fare and it’s all delicous and very substantial. 

Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
xPiha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

On one side of Lion Rock you’re likely to find a set of plaques. The larger one is a roll of honour to men who went from Piha to fight in World War I. The smaller one is a World War 2 plaque. 

Piha Beach, West Auckland

Lion Rock is the eroded neck of a volcano which erupted 16 million years ago.

Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland
Piha Beach, West Auckland

Not quite at the beach, but a good sign that the beach is not far away. 

Piha Beach, West Auckland