Piha, Karekare and Bethells
Auckland outdoor activities, black sand surf beaches, sightseeing, information, hiking, waterfalls, woodlands and forest walks, picnic spots, cafes and reserves, coastal art galleries, markets, guided tours and seaside holiday accommodation and camping grounds.
Enjoy a complete outdoor experience with an hour of Auckland city. Dramatic black sand surf beaches, rainforest walks, meandering streams, swimming holes and waterfalls. A recommended walk is the ‘Kitekite Waterfall Track’ at the end of Glenesk Road off Piha Road – via Scenic Drive, coming from Titirangi or Swanson. Within an hour from Auckland City.
Abseil under showering moss and fern covered waterfalls, jumps, slides and caves as you explore this beautifully scenic narrow canyon! No prior experience necessary and most obstacles are optional. This amazing adventure includes transport, lunch and refreshments, full equipment and instructions. After the trip we stop to relax at Piha for those well deserved beverages.
The West Coast Gallery
This Coastal Gallery comprises a surprising array of quality artwork from over 200 local artists, including pottery, weaving, paintings, photography, sculpture, mosaics and glassware. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Situated in the Old Fire Station, Piha Road, Piha Beach, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland.
Where to Eat
Piha Beach Cafe
Next to Piha Dairy – open daily. Piha Road, Piha
Piha Surf Life Saving Club
Open for meals in summer – great ocean sunset views!
Meals from 5.30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
A more remote surf beach where rugged rainforest meets the dramatic black sand surf coast. Famous film location of the triple Oscar award-winning movie “The Piano”. Turnoff is clearly marked before Piha. There are no stores here – relax and enjoy the isolation. Take a walk to the Karekare waterfall which is a short walk up the road from the main car park.
Bethells (Te Henga)
Stunning surf beach with dramatic black sand dunes and craggy headlands – perfect picnic and photo location. Location for Xena TV series. Access via Scenic Drive, Swanson or Waitakere Road, Waitakere, West Auckland. Direction found on West Auckland map from the index. For a real work out discover Lake Wainamu.
Bethells Store & Cafe
Summer opening hours start from Labour Weekend (October) to Queens Birthday weekend (April) Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Open on Friday nights from December 5-9pm.
Winter hours Sunday only 10am to 5pm.