This famed beach is known for its black (and hot) sand and rough, surfing waves (hence the popular reality show Piha Rescue). It's not a swimmer's beach, that's for sure (never mind the freezing water) but we had a great time just lounging on the sand (once again, that's very HOT sand). I wore my vintage dress which was perfect for that lush and wild setting.
I think the best part of the trip was that we got lost going there and coming back, despite it being touted as an easy-day trip from Auckland. Even funnier was the driver (I'm not naming names) has lived in Auckland her whole life, haha!