through the Waitakere ranges (Auckland's pristine regional water
catchment area), Piha is a place of power and beauty, with a long
beach of fine black sand and spectacular rugged coastline, and a
small, environmentally sensitive community. A mecca for swimmers,
surfers and picnickers in summer, in winter it is quite isolated,
although surfing and fishing enthusiasts visit year round (with
average winter daily maximum temperatures around 15 centigrade
(60F); summer around 27 (80F)). There are surfing and local social
events throughout the year. Our house adjoins a wild-life sanctuary
with bush-walks, the best surfing is straight outside, and patrolled
swimming in summer a stone's throw away. Join in, or just relax and
watch the world go by from the deck, or the fireside.
sheltered north-west aspect, at the end of South Piha beach. French
widows open up the entire front of the house, polished wood
floors, large deck. Panoramic beach and ocean views. Grounds
sand/grass and mature native bush, frontage fenced. Off road
house is orientated to the weather: in winter, full sun:
leave the doors open and bask in front of the open fire, watching
the storms rage over the sea, or sunbathe on the deck or in the
sheltered garden. In summer, enjoy the shade of the beautiful
pohutukawas whilst overlooking the summer crowds from your front row
seat on the deck.
plan living/kitchen with 3 double fold-out futon couches. Living
room and main bedroom (with queen size bed) face onto beach.
Nursery/dressing room with 2 single bunks. Second bedroom with queen
bed. The Basement contains a single bed and double/single bunk set
(rough sleeping but it's there).
sleep up to 15.
TV (Freeview, NZ satellite TV), DVD, stereo, heated towel rail, jug, toaster, food
processor, microwave/grill, gas hob, electric oven/rangehood,
fridge/freezer, dishwasher, BBQ, outdoor furniture, open fireplace,
washing machine, dryer, hot shower, WC, duvets, crockery, cutlery,
cookware. Tea, bodum coffee, and a selection of condiments are provided.
(Linen and pillows by request.)
house looks out straight onto the best surfing spot in Piha, at the
most sheltered end of Piha beach. During swimming season, the safe
swimming area patrolled by lifeguards is a stone's throw away. A
short walk to the lagoon, the Blue Pool, Kitekite falls and
"the Coffin" where children can swim.
deck, not recommended for crawlers or toddlers. Rain or delivered
water, adequate but not unlimited.
surf can be dangerous if you don't know the rules. Information
is famous for it's ecological beauty, not for it's night life!. Take
a short stroll around the beach to the Piha Cafe and three licensed
club/restaurants, and to the
art gallery featuring unique original crafts through to works from
some of New Zealand's leading artists. There is a general store and a
small library with video hire. Surf equipment hire/sale, surf
fashions and coffee are available next to the Store and at Mike and
Pam Jolly's at 60 Piha Road, where Mike makes surfboards and they
Surfing lessons and Canyoning trips can be arranged. Full shopping facilities are
available 20 km away at Henderson or Titirangi. Further afield
wineries, arts and fine dining and all the attractions of Auckland.
Our house has been enjoyed by many people, famous and infamous,
as a holiday destination since 1999.