Muriwai’s clifftop platforms overlook the gannet colonies that come to life from August to March and offer sweeping views out to the Tasman Sea. Blow out the cobwebs with a windswept walk along the shore.
Karekare’s remote, dramatic landscapes have inspired filmmakers, writers and photographers, most notably in Jane Campion’s The Piano. The beautiful Karekare Falls is just a short walk from the main beach.
The magnificent Awhitu Peninsula is a destination of contrasts, where the Tasman Sea crashes on the black sands of the west coast and meets the tranquil eastern bays. Drive right to the end of the peninsula to climb the Manukau Heads Lighthouse.