About the path
The Tasman Lookout Path takes you from Piha beach to some of the local hidden gems.
This path is at its best at low tide, when you can freely roam around the rocky outcrops, islands and inlets.
It is spectacular to see the sea raging in a strong westerly swell – but you may not be able to do the complete loop at such times, however the views from the top trail will be worthwhile.
Start at the main Piha Beach car park and head to southern end, where the path takes you on a short, steep climb to the ridge where great views await.
While climbing over, enjoy the short side trip to the first lookout point which takes in the view back across Piha Beach and towards Taitomo Island.
Carry on and check out The Gap – a famous spot where at high tide the waves crash over the rocky ledge and form a perfect swimming beach.
Descend down to the grassy area that leads to the blow-hole, a popular destination, especially at full tide. Be careful around the rocks there, they can be slippery.
Returning from the blow-hole, keep left and head to the beach to see The Gap at eye level. If the tide allows, you can roam around the wide beach past Taitomo Island with its stunning portal. If the tide is in you can stay close to the shore, but be careful, the rockface is very crumbly and large rocks and boulders can come down at any moment. It is best to stay away from there if possible.
An easy, level stroll takes you back to the car park, or you can follow the beach to Lion Rock if want to take in more of this magnificent coastline.
A beautiful, easy walk with a short, steep climb at the start. Great for kids, especially on a nice day.