Lion Rock / Te Piha

  • 10 min return by the same track
  • Easy

Lion Rock is the unmistakable rocky outcrop on the beach at Piha.

Lion Rock / Te Piha: Key information
Walking time
10 min
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Unfenced cliffs. Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Lion Rock / Te Piha: Find it
North Piha Beach, Marine Parade North, Piha
Sea level – 52m
Altitude change 52m

The rock is known to Te Kawerau a Maki at Te Piha, and the name has now been lent to the beach settlement of Piha as a whole. The rock was the site of a defensive pā, with middens, terraces, and pits still located all over the rock.

The rock is the neck of a 16 million year-old lava tube, part of the massive Waitākere Volcano. Recent rockfalls mean the summit is no longer accessible. The track leads to a pou recognising Ngati Tangiaro Taua, located on the shoulders of the lion.

Access the track from the north end of Piha Beach by crossing Piha Stream, or from the south end of North Piha Beach. Steps cut into rock start at the lion's tail. 

The track climbs quickly and easily along the back of the lion to a viewpoint with a stone seat. Continuing beyond the marked track end here is dangerous. Several people have fallen from the rock and died.

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ID 16319

About this track

Added 26 February 2017 by matthewmatthew. 1 revision 26 February 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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