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Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach

Free admission
Muriwai Beach, Auckland, North Island

The Basics

Although quite close to Auckland, Muriwai is a welcome change from the development of the big city. It’s a popular weekend spot for Aucklanders and it offers great surfing for experienced surfers, lessons for beginners, golf with Tasman Sea views, and amazing bird watching in the late winter through to late autumn. In season, head to Otakamiro Point to see the thousands of gannets laying, nesting, and hatching on the cliff.

Visitors tend to come to Muriwai Beach on day trips from Auckland, although it’s also possible to camp nearby or stay in other local accommodation. Some organized day trips from Auckland also include a visit to Muriwai Beach, especially during gannet nesting season, or to visit the vineyards in the surrounding area.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Muriwai Wine Tour
Catherine_C, Mar 2020
Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland
Wonderful afternoon tour. John was fabulous so knowledgeable. We toured 2 wineries and the gannet colony. His wine knowledge was encyclopedic.
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Best tour we have had in Auckland
chrishollenbeck, Jan 2020
Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland
we had now done about 5 tours while here in Auckland and this was by far the best. John was very knowledgeable, helpful, funny and an all around great host. We tasted wine at two great wineries with not only great wine but great views and a lot of fun. We would suggest this tour to anyone and were tempted to sign up for another one if we had the time.
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Lovely afternoon highly...
Marshall E, Feb 2018
Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland
Lovely afternoon highly knowledgeable tour guide, 2 great wine tastings, some incredible scenery and a fabulous view of the gannet colony. Highly recommended and good value.
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Our day with John was amazing. He...
Sarah K, Nov 2017
Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland
Our day with John was amazing. He picked us up right in front of our hotel and we got lucky to be the only people booked that day, it was a private wine tour. We headed out to the vineyards and tasted some great wines. Big shout out to The Hunting Lodge Winery and Rota - it was our favorite of the day. John then took us to the coast to see the gannets and their chicks. What a majestical sight. An overall great day and would totally do this tour again next time we are in Auckland.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If surfing’s on the agenda, don’t fail to bring or rent a wetsuit. Even in summer, the sea off New Zealand can be quite cold.

  • The gannet colonies are within the Muriwai Regional Park, which has picnic areas, a cafe, and walking trails.

  • The sea all along the West Coast is notoriously powerful. Only strong swimmers should brave the surf, and always follow any warnings about rip tides or places that should be avoided.

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How to Get There

To reach Muriwai Beach, head west from Auckland on State Highway (SH) 16. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Private organized tours can also be taken. Although Muriwai can be reached by bus from some parts of Auckland, this is not recommended as journeys can take more than three hours and require changing to different buses.

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When to Get There

Muriwai Beach is accessible all the time, although the weather is best for beach and water sports in the summer (December-February). Weekends can get busy with day-tripping Aucklanders, especially when the weather is fine. The gannets nest at Muriwai between August and March.

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Combine with a Trip to Popular Piha

Muriwai Beach isn’t the only West Coast beauty near Auckland. Popular and picturesque Piha Beach was made famous in the film,The Piano. It is to the south of Muriwai and can be visited on the same day, or camp overnight. The black sand, wild surf, and sheer cliffs make Piha a striking place.

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