The only site where you can camp on a regional park at Piha is at a site licensed to the Boys’ Brigade in Piha Valley. It is visible from Glen Esk Road behind the Sir Algernon Thomas Green, on the north side of Piha Stream. There is a paddock and a hut – the Nigel Hanlon Hut. The campground and hut are licensed to the Boys’ Brigade but are available for hire to the public by calling (09) 4481157. This is a great spot, in easy walking distance of the beach but also handy to many great Waitakere bush tramps. On the Hillary Trail.
The Nigel Hanlon Hut is quite a historic building. If you want to read the heritage assessment of the hut you can read about it here Nigel Hanlon Memorial Hut Heritage Assessment
There are three other Auckland Council regional parks campgrounds near Piha. For further information, please visit the Auckland Council website and you can book by calling Auckland Council on (09) 3010101.
If you look at the map under http://www.piha.co.nz/?p=433 will see where the three campgrounds are located:
Craw Campground next to Craw Homestead on Anawhata Road.
A lovely grassy space with big old macrocarpas, a cooking shelter and composting toilet. On Hillary Trail. Great lookout point to see back over Piha. Can accommodate 40 at $6 adult and $4 child.
Tunnel Point, between Karekare and Whatipu
A 20-30 minutes trek through the Pohutukawa Glade, south along the beach, and then following the old benched railway line, through the tunnel, and you reach a gorgeous secluded spot beside dune wetlands. Composting toilet. On Hillary Trail. $6 adult $4 child.
McCreadies Paddock, bottom of the Karekare Road hill.
Five minutes walk to the beach, next to lovely stream. Close to Hillary Trail. Long drop, accommodates 20, $6 adult and $4 child.