Lion Rock Walk

Lion Rock Walk


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Magic sunset overlooking lion rock


Time: 1 hr return, Distance: 0.1km

Lion Rock is Piha’s most iconic landmark. Lion Rock sits between Piha and North Piha beaches, offering people who climb it, spectacular views in all directions.

It is not possible to climb to the top after a rockfall made access too dangerous. At the end of the short, steep climb, there is a pou to a Te Kawerau a Maki ancestress, Ngati Tangiaro Taua, who loved this spot. There is a stone seat, so it is a good stop off place for a rest and to enjoy the views. There is interpretation on the way up about the rock and its former inhabitants.


Feature Value Info


North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Walking
  • Free


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Su Jung Han

Korea, Republic of

Ranking: 8/10

Spectacular black sand beaches. You can enjoy surfing or swimming.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Xavier Bistodeau


Ranking: 9/10

One of our favourite beaches in New Zealand. Black sand, lots of beautiful walkways. But be careful, the sea is often dangerous for bathing.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Elodie and Gestan


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice beach with volcanic sand and sea lions right in the middle.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing sunset and beach.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Matthew Trezise


Ranking: 7/10

Climb the big rock. Nice warm black sand beach. Surfboard may be of use.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Joey Mertzig

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful wind swept beach. Seems like good swimming, but only allowed between the flags which are not all that far apart.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Harald Prinz


Ranking: 10/10

Good for climbing, long walks on the beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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