If you love beaches and you have looked at possibly visiting New Zealand then you likely have heard of Piha Beach. This is a world famous surfers beach 40 km west of Auckland. A friend had told us to “hire a car”, that’s kiwi speak for “rent a car”, upon arrival in Auckland and start touring around as much as possible. I absolutely loved the drive along the coast, but it wasn’t easy. First off, we were driving on the left side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right and to top it off we were driving up the mountain and many times we were so close to the edge, I feared for my life. Be encouraged though, as the drive is worth the eye-popping experience. You will see lush green hills and valleys with abundance of wildlife including sheep, cows, and alpacas. You will make windy turns up and down the hills and finally come down to Piha. When we arrived I felt my mind and spirit reach a state of calm. I thought, “aaaaaaaaah, Piha”.
Piha Beach is a beautiful black sand beach surrounded by enormous cliffs. I’m not a fan of black sand though, it was too hot and I had to keep my flip-flops on so I didn’t burn the soles of my feet. After spending some time on the beach, we took a hike up the rock to have a beautiful aerial view. You will also find secluded beach areas. Be careful though the sea here can be vicious and life threatening.
Visiting this place from Auckland is an easy short and sweet day trip.
I am so thankful that I connected with this part of the world. All praises and glory to God.