"Wild, wet and black sand!" Muriwai Beach by kiwi

Muriwai Beach Travel Guide: 0 reviews and 6 photos

West Coast of Auckland Region

I spent a lot of time at Muriwai Beach in my formative years, as it was were my friends and I loved to go on our weekends.
The mere nature of this coast, can only be described as Wild. One of the main problems facing authorities here is the erosion caused by the violent storms from the Tasman Sea, both wind and water are eating away at the coastal dunes causing major problems.
Muriwai is very popular for the fabulous surfer waves that roll in onto the jet black sand. In fact, 9.5kms of beach here.
Remember if you visit during the hot summer months, this black sand (iron sand) is extremely hot and will surely burn the soles of your feet. Particularly take care to protect the young tender feet of children.
Features include a Gannet colony, camp ground, surf beach, golf course and activities range from fishing from the rocks to beach horse riding. There is sometimes freedom to drive on the beach, however this requires a 4wd vehicle and plenty of experience at this kind of terrain. Frequently vehicles are "gobbled" by the tide and lost. The beach is a place to be respected when visiting, whether you are swimming or driving or boating etc.

The Muriwai Golf course is reknown for it's beauty and is a very popular links course.

Gannets at Muriwai



You can view my video of the birds soaring beside their nests by clicking on the video tab near the top of the page.

Muriwai Gannet Colony



You can get very close to this rock with it's gannet colony. And more nests directly below the viewing platform.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great surf, gannets and amazing black sand.
  • Cons:Wind, black sand and erosion.
  • In a nutshell:Wild wet and woolly!
  • Last visit to Muriwai Beach: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2008
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Hey I'm the first to visit yea! :o) Gee...this is a wild place Pam! Enjoyed your video mate. Missing you and Ralph :o) xx

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