Muriwai is a coastal community located on Auckland’s rugged west coast. The vast sand coupled with the great waves meaniIt is popular with lots of people as it has plenty to offer everyone. Because of its unique landscape and its location on the west coast, it is one of the most popular places in Auckland to take in the sunset.
Similarly to other beaches on the west coast, Muriwai has black sand along the foreshore. From ancient volcanoes in the area, the sand at Muriwai has plenty of iron enriched in it causing the black distinctive black look.
Muriwai is perfect for a stroll along the boardwalk that hugs the coastline not to mention the fresh sea air. Take in the superb views of the wild waves and rolling black sand dunes.
As with most beaches on the west coast, the area is extremely popular with surfers for the pounding waves. Surf boards, lessons, and sand yachts are available for hire at the Surf School located near the beach.
Most of the land at the southern end of the beach is part of the Muriwai Regional Park. Maori Bay to the south is separated from the main beach by Otakamiro Point, home to the region’s famous Gannet Colony.
Approximately 1,200 Gannet’s nest here every year.
Muriwai is one of only 3 places in New Zealand where Gannet’s nest on the mainland. Although they depart every March, they nevertheless return every August.
Muriwai Beach carpark is at the end of Motutara Road
Gannet Colony carpark is on Waitea Road
40 mins from Auckland CBD
- Gannet Colony
- Black Sand Dunes
- West Coast Sunsets
- Gannets are only there from August-March
- Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach
Dogs allowed on leash on the main beach, prohibited from Maori Bay and Gannet Colony area