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Piha and Karekare Beach

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Piha and Karekare Beach

When Is the Best Time 

Don't miss the beautiful Piha Beach north of Karekare. If you visit the Karekare Beach famous from the 1993 "The Piano" Movie. The Piha Beach is even more spectacular at low tide. You can walk to a hidden beach (in front of Taitomo Island) or climb to the top of Lion Rock. The trail is pretty steep, but the view is awesome. Tide times

Hidden Beach at Piha accessible at low tide only
Hidden Beach at Piha; accessible at low tide only

Weather and Crowds

November until April is the most pleasant time with temps often above 20°C. Coldest months in winter from June to August. Anyhow, day temps are often mild around 15°C though expect in the night one digit temps. Most precipitation in winter but expect already more rain in May with its peak in July. Driest months are during summer from December to February/March. The best months for a bath are January until March with a sea temperature below 20°C. Best months for a vacation are December to February/March; the peak season. Weekends are more crowded due to local beach visitors. If you like to avoid crowds, November and April are a better choice.

Karekare Beach close to Piha famous from the movie "The Piano"
Karekare Beach

New Zealand, Piha
Review and Tips 

Piha Beach is a popular surf beach on the rugged coastline close to Auckland. In the summertime, the beach is flagged for swimming. Only during patrol hours swimming is recommended. You may know Piha and Karekare from the famous "The Piano" movie from 1993. Although the movie is already 25 years old the vast black sand beach of Karekare and Piha Beach as well are still breathtaking locations. 

Karekare Beach close to Piha; famous from the movie "The Piano"
Karekare Beach

Nearby to the carpark is the Kitekite Falls. Several walks lead to native forest in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland. Unfortunately, parts of the Waitakere Ranges got closed due to the Kauri Dieback disease in May 2018, Check out which trails in the Waitakere Ranges are open and which ones are closed. PDF Hiking Trails Waitakere More information about the disease and the status of closures for hikes and campgrounds can be found here. 

Where to Eat

Close to the Piha Beach is the RSA Club; delicious homemade dishes prepared by local people are offered.

Piha Beach and Village
Piha Beach and Village

Where to Stay

Don't come here in a rush. Although Piha and Karekare Beach are just an hour drive from Auckland, we decided to stay here for three nights. We spent a whole day on both beaches, the Waitakere Ranges and the Muriwai Gannet Colony. It was a lovely and peaceful stay and we had interesting chats with other travelers in the Piha Beach House. They offer low budget and luxury rooms in walking distance to the stunning Piha Beach.