Piha to White’s Beach

Piha to White’s Beach



approx 4 km return | 1 hour 30 minutes return

White’s Beach is a secluded beach with tanned and black sand. Steep cliffs smothered in flax, tea-tree, kawakawa and pohutukawa rise abruptly on all sides. A steady haze of salt spray billows up the hillside, fuelled by the ever-present wind. There is a deep sea cave on the northern side. White’s Beach is a popular venue for environmental sculptures to be temporarily erected and reclaimed by the elements.


The start of the track is signposted on the right at the northern end of Piha Beach. You can park in the most northerly parking area and walk along the beach past the caves to the start of the walk.


The track is unmarked but signposted, even and well-formed. It climbs via the Laird Thomson Track for 15 minutes to the junction with a lookout (5 minutes return) on the left.

Head right for 10 minutes to where the Rose Track is signposted on the left. It’s a further 15 minutes to White’s Beach.

European History

White’s Beach was named after John White, a keen ethnographer who was passionate about Maori culture, and negotiated the initial sale of coastal land from the Maori.


Feature Value Info


North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Walking
  • Free


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