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.

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).