Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills. A laid-back seaside village 45 minutes west of Auckland city, Piha is popular with local kiwis - especially in the summertime.
Visit Aucklands famous west coast beaches to checkout the black sand, surfing waves and more. About a 45 minute drive from Central Auckland. You can hire a car or take a tour.
Views, black sands, wild swims (or not!), and surfing. Enjoy an invigorating walk on the beach and excellent light food and drinks at the surf club afterwards (open in summer). In winter it's wild and you'll feel you have been fully communing with the elements.
“Auckland's Art Gallery is located in the city, a bus (25 mins) or uber (10 mins) away. Features permanent and rotating collections.”
“If you love bush walks and tramping you will love the beautiful Waitakere ranges scenery The Waitakere Ranges are a chain of hills in the Auckland Region, generally running approximately 25 km from north to south, 25 km west of central Auckland, New Zealand. The ranges and surrounding areas were traditionally known to local Māori as Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa. ”
“Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz”
“The museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929. Check out an impressive collection of artifacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights the country’s natural heritage including a Maori hall showing a wealth of Maori artistry. Then enjoy a leisurely walk in surrounding botanical gardens, get a coffee or feed the ducks. Official site: www.aucklandmuseum.com”
“MOTAT Museum is devoted to the history of technology and transport in NZ. Its exhibits include those relating to NZ aviation pioneer Richard Pearse, 90 Degrees South exhibition dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, old coaches, railroad rolling stock, trams and vintage cars, and a vast collection of black and white photography. Official site: www.motat.org.nz”