Piha is one of, if not THE most famous beach in New Zealand. It is renowned for its superb scenic beauty and its surf, all just 40 minutes drive from the city Auckland.
Piha has black iron sand swept up the coast from the entrance to the Waikato River, the sand produced by the eruption of Taupo eons ago. It is a small bay, with large remnant volcanic rocky islands to south and north. The southern end of Piha beach is guarded by Taitomo Island or Camel Rock, with further south, The Gap. The northern end of the beach is guarded by Lion Rock or Whakaari.