I will return to Piha someday.
UPDATE: In 2018, I put Piha on my list for the end of my New Zealand journey on of my Worldwide Solo Trek. I went to see if it had the same essence as that first trip. It does. I dipped my feet into the soft black sand and let the cool water rush over my feet. I explored it in February, high season in New Zealand, and while the town was busy, it was not intrusively so. I could wander without anyone nearby and take as many photos as I wished without anyone in them. This is truly a special place I recommend for any Auckland itinerary.
I imagine renting a place and staying awhile. Maybe to write a book?
Yeah, it’s that kind of place.