Piha. An intimidating but spectacular beach. I’ve only swum there once, wary of the undertow but am still drawn to the thrill of the heavy waves, to the wild nature of this beach and it’s neighbours. We regularly travel out to Piha for walk on the beach with the dog or meander up to the waterfall past all the tourists. We once bushwhacked up the stream to the top of the waterfall. Though we finished wet and chilly. I remember stopping and calling out to the others to just stop for a minute and look up “How beautiful is this?” I said. The sun was catching the nikaus and filtering through the trees turning everything a vivid yellow green. It was close to perfection.