Piha is a very popular beach around 40 kilometres west of Auckland city and so it’s a great place to go for a day out. On sunny summer weekends it gets very busy so we drove just past the beach to park and decided to have a picnic on the north side of the rock. Lion Rock is about 60 metres high and having never climbed up it, it seemed like the perfect weather to try. Believe it or not there is a path up the side of the rock to about half way. If you look very closely on the photograph you might be able to make out a small red dot on near the top of the grassy area of the rock, about half way up. That is as far as the path takes you. The very top of the rock is closed as a rock fall made the path too dangerous.