From the carpark at the end of Glen Esk Road, the Piha Valley Track is an easy, level track following the banks of the Piha Stream past McKenzie Track junction to a fork (30 minutes). The left hand branch leads upstream into the lower end of the Piha Gorge while the main track makes a steep ascent with steps to Centennial Track, a short distance above Black Rock Dam.
Piha Valley Track details
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.