“The cliffs out at Muriwai Beach have to be one of Auckland’s most unique landscapes and the views out into the Tasman Sea are incredible – they just seem to go on forever.”
Sir John Kirwan
Muriwai’s clifftop platforms overlook the gannet colonies, where around 1200 pairs of gannets nest from August to March. As you’d expect, the views out to the Tasman Sea are pretty amazing. Blow out the cobwebs with a walk by the shore or join a guided horse trek along the black sands.
If you’re after beauty and solitude, check out Anawhata; it's more remote and lesser known than its neighbour Piha – you might even get it to yourself. Take the turn off before Piha and walk from the car park down to the beach – there’s a beautiful lookout point before you reach the beach; stop for the views, breathe in that fresh sea air and press reset.
Play it safe in the water
Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe while you’re enjoying our beautiful beaches as water does present a potential hazard. There are steps you can take to keep safe while you’re in, on and under the water. See New Zealand’s Water Safety Code