Easter was coming up and so I got out a map and looked at where I haven’t been yet. I did look at going to Manukau Heads but when looking up accommodation there wasn’t much available unless I became a millionaire overnight so my next choice was Piha.
I have grown up watching Piha rescue and heard it is a dangerous beach, but what noone says is how beautiful it is! Piha is located in the Waitakere Ranges on the West Coast of Auckland. I left on Thursday after work and was blessed with no traffic! It took about 2 and a half hours to get there and made it in time to watch the sun go down at the beach.
I stayed at Piha Beachstay which is a bit hippy, there are only a few rooms so only around 20 people can stay there at one time, there are chickens which the staff collect eggs from which you can purchase and it is about a 20minute walk from the beach.
It was like summer over that weekend so I managed to get in a couple of swims! The water was so warm! I used this weekend as a relax. I spent my days doing walks and exploring, lying on the beach when the weather was nice enough and spending the nights chilling at my accommodation reading and watching youtube/netflix or talking to people.
Since the Kauri Dieback is quite high in this area, there were alot of signs around asking to make sure your boots are clean so as not to spread this disease. Alot of walks have been closed in the Ranges because of this, so it is best to check the DOC website as to which tracks are closed. Please be careful when walking these tracks and clean your shoes where all the signs are, they provide brushes and disinfectant for you to use.
These are a couple of the walks I did:
Kitekite Falls – this track is the most infected track open track in New Zealand I think at the time I went. There was a DOC lady standing out the front making sure everyone cleaned their shoes and giving out information. This is about an hour return, it gets quite wet in parts so make sure you have sturdy shoes or don’t mind getting them wet. Once at the falls, it is beautiful! The falls are quite high and you can walk to the top of the falls and there are pools at the top which you can also swim in.
Whites Beach – from North Piha you can walk along several tracks that take you to Whites Beach, this one is a bit harder and takes a few hours so you would need to pack snacks and something to drink. There are a few steep bits along this one, but Whites Beach is worth it if your up for the trek as there are not many people that go there so I pretty much had the beach to myself. This track does a loop and brings you back to North Piha beach.
Karekare Falls – this walk is in Karekare, which I stopped at on my way home. It is a 15min drive from Piha, the walk itself is very short – only about 5min. But it is still a nice waterfall and there is a couple of other tracks you can do from there if you want to carry on and spend more time in that area. The beach is also really nice, its quite peaceful and stretches as far as I could see.
If your into the outdoors then this is the place for you, I loved my long weekend at Piha and can’t wait until I can make it back there.
Until next time x