West Auckland

Muriwai, Auckland
Muriwai cave at Muriwai Beach, Auckland
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​Muriwai Beach is a beautiful, windswept beach on Auckland’s wild west coast. Its pounding waves draw surfers and its dramatic stretch of black volcanic sand is perfect for a walk to blow out the cobwebs.

Don’t miss the impressive sight of the huge gannet colonies nestled on the rugged coastline.

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Gannets at Muriwai Beach, Auckland

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Get up close
Take in the beauty of Muriwai’s rugged landscape and visit the famous cliff-top gannet colony, where around 1200 pairs of gannets nest from August to March.  

Walk it off
Stroll along the boardwalk that hugs the coastline and take time to enjoy the fresh sea air. Take in the superb views of the wild waves and rolling black sand dunes.

Find the best of the beach
For some beach fun, take a lesson at the local surf school on this popular surf beach or hire blokarts, kites, mountain bikes or surfboards.

Hit the links
Play a round of golf at the nearby course and enjoy the incredible outlook across the sea and along the coast between holes.

Go the extra mile
Take a drive to the neighbouring black-sand beach of Te Henga (Bethells Beach) or slide down the huge sand dunes at nearby Lake Wainamu.

Why visit?

Muriwai is a place of wild beauty. Just 40 minutes from the city centre, you can visit for a few hours or make a day of it. Ride the waves, take a dip or just enjoy the amazing views.

After seeing the gannets, stroll along the sand or take the 4-hour walk between Muriwai and Te Henga (Bethells Beach). 

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Water Safety

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving.  Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.

Beach Safety

Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.