Explore Muriwai Beach

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Explore the region's only Gannet Colony. Take in stunning coastline with towering cliffs on the this black sand beach.

Muriwai Beach is located about 42km Northwest of Auckland at the Southern end of a 50km unbroken stretch of beach. It consists of staggering cliffs composed of sand, rock, and old volcanic material. The ancient volcanic activity about 20 million years ago also caused an increase in iron content in the sand, causing it to turn black. The best way to see this stunning landscape is by walking along a series of boardwalks that hug the coastline and offer a panoramic view.

In addition to the unique black sands and beautiful cliffs, Muriwai Beach is also host to the region's only Gannet colony. From August to March there are about 1,200 pairs of Gannet nests that make for an experience like any other. So if you're visiting Auckland this would be a great day trip to make, especially close to sunset!


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Great place to catch the sunset.

Grab fish and chips from the shop at the bottom and head up to the gannets colony for an amazing evening with the sun going down on the horizon, and if you can allow it stay on further to see the stars shine in the sky. I would add if you’re a tad early try and spot some surfers from the third viewing platform on the trail to see the gannets colony.

Kate Lyon

about 1 year ago

Never ending beach

The beach goes on for ages! Gorgeous black sand with cool blue/purple hues. Beware, the sand with be really hot on a sunny day! Gannet colony is worth a look as well