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Whites Beach Walk

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Whites Beach walk is an easy 3.3km walk that will take you around 2 hours to walk. Whites Beach is up and over the hill from the North end of Piha Beach. Its a great day walk to Whites Beach and worth the effort.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 3.30 kms
        • Time needed: 2 Hours
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 192m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Piha is a very popular swimming beach. But caution must be taken when swimming on the beach, always swim where the surf life-savers are on patrol. A lot of people have been swept out to sea as the currents and rips are strong. If you prefer to surf the ocean waves, then head down to the southern end of Piha beach to find that perfect wave. Had enough of frozen processed fish, grab a rod and head for the rocks and try your luck at fishing. And of cause there are dozen’s of tracks leading off into the bush. Pick an easy half hour walk, or try an over night walk.

  • Track Quality

    There is a mixture of clay, dirt road and sand. The first section of the walk is through coastal bush, then you are out in the open.

  • Hazards

    Unknown

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    Surf life-saving club for water and toilets

  • Driving Instructions

    When driving into Piha, there is a long descent to the intersection, drive straight ahead and along North Piha Road for about 1.8km. You will see a caravan park on your left, the start of the track is just before the caravan park on your right hand side. There is enough space to park half a dozen cars at the start of the track. A better place to park your car is, at the surf life-saving club just another 50m along the road on your left, it is a safer place to park your car, and the toilets are clean.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Piha has a small block of shops, just enough to get by

  • Area & Track History

    Whites Beach was named after the blacksmith Francis White. In 1861 Francis had the right to mill 600 acres in Piha, but he gave up because the land was to steep. Piha beaches are well known for their 16 million year old volcanic Lion Rock as well as its surfing, swimming, fishing, and black sand beaches.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Whites Beach Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Piha Beach Car Park

When driving into Piha, there is a long descent down to the intersection, drive straight ahead and along North Piha Road for about 1.8km. You will see a caravan park on your left, the start of the track is just before the caravan park on your right hand side, there is enough space to park half a dozen cars at the start of the track. A better place to park your car is, at the surf life-saving club just another 50m along the road on your left, it is a safer place to park your car, and the toilets are clean.

Point 2: Anawhata Road

North Piha road car park. To Anawhata Road – Time 50 min = Distance 1.6Km = 180 Mtr climb. The first 10 minutes of the walk is very easy, you walk through a grassy clearing, cross a small creek, then from there it’s a good 30 minutes, 180 meters, walk uphill all the way to a private driveway, turn right and walk another 5 minutes to Anawhata road. When you reach the private driveway you can look down onto Whites Beach.

Point 3: Whites Beach, Te Waha Point and back to Piha Beach

Te Waha point is at the southern end of Whites Beach, walk down to the southern end of the beach and up onto the rocks. Keep walking out to the point for only another 50m then stop and look up to your left hand side, you can just see a steel cable and steps running across the bank and leading into the trees.
This climb up to Te Waha point ridge will take you 10 minutes, turn right when you reach the top of the ridge, this track will run you out to the lookout point, stop and enjoy the view, you can look north and south along the coast. To return to Piha beach, backtrack to where you came up from Whites Beach, Walk another 10m and you will see the track on your right hand side leading down to Piha beach. This little walk will only take you 10 minutes. This track can be very slippery when wet, from here to the car park will only take you 20 minutes, you can walk back along the beach or cut back up onto the North Piha Road and back to your car

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Piha 0772, New Zealand

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