Piha Beach, New Zealand
The volcanic black sands of this New Zealand beach are overlooked by a singular, enormous rock formation. Lion Rock is a 16-million-year-old formation that has become an indelible image in Auckland’s culture, making appearances in local phone books and postage stamps. Outside of this impressive natural marvel, Piha Beach is also home to harsh wave breaks. This reportedly makes it an excellent destination for surfers as well as lovers of stunning natural sights.