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Arataki Visitor Centre

  The Arataki Visitor Centre is on Scenic Drive between Titirangi and Waiatarua. It is an iconic building, designed by architect Harry Turbott, and opened in the 1990s. The most  [ Read More ]

Taitomo island

Taitomo island is the only land on the West Coast still owned by the iwi, Te Kawerau a Maki. The name the iwi gave references the passage or tomo through  [ Read More ]

Kitekite Falls

The Kitekite Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges with six drops into a large lake-like pool at the bottom. The falls are reached by  [ Read More ]

Green Rock

Green Rock, January 2011   At low tide, take a walk from the south end of Piha beach to The Gap and you go past the Green Rock. You walk  [ Read More ]

Dr Finlay’s Boatshed

Back in the 1940s, Dr Colin Finlay, an Auckland dentist, built a brick house at the extreme southern end of Marine Parade South. He was not a good sailor, but  [ Read More ]

Piha Mill puriri

In August 2007 a huge storm swept a torrent of water down the Piha and Kitekite Streams, overflowing their banks, and the winds howled. An old puriri, which for hundreds of years  [ Read More ]

The Keyhole

The distinctive tunnel through Camel Rock is called the Keyhole, although the Maori name for the island itself – Taitomo – means a cave through a rock. The Keyhole surges with  [ Read More ]

Te Kamaka

This large pohutukawa grows out of the top of a large rock and has sent soots down into the soil beneath to sustain it. To Te Kawerau a Maki the rock  [ Read More ]

The Domain macrocarpas

  There was consternation when Waitakere City Council announced it was about to fell one of the two remaining ” of an original three ” macrocarpas near the Bowling Club,  [ Read More ]

History of Piha through its Maori names

Te Piha talk   Graeme Murdoch held his audience spellbound when he shared his immense knowledge of the Maori history of Piha at Barnett Hall in November 2008. Emulating the  [ Read More ]

Lion Rock

Lion Rock is Piha’s most iconic landmark, its profile from all angles, known nation-wide. Lion Rock sits between Piha and North Piha beaches, offering people who climb it, spectacular views  [ Read More ]