Waimauku was a Māori populated area until the first European settlers arrived in the later half of the 19th century. The area was named "wai" for stream and "mauku" for all the different varieties of small ferns that populate the area. The name stems from the times the stream flooded and the tops of the cabbage trees were just still visible, and resembled small ferns.

European settlers cleared Waimauku's forests for Kauri – gum digging and flax milling, before pasture farming was established. The Auckland to Helensville railway was built in 1881, running throughout Waimauku. The line was used for transporting goods from Auckland to Helensville and passenger services, but was closed in 1976 due to the rise in the use of private vehicles, which made rail travel look slow and inconvenient.

Waimauku's population grew after World War I, as returned servicemen bought up the land for farming, and Waimauku School opened in 1921. Since then, Waimauku has expanded greatly in its residential areas, as farms were subdivided into lifestyle blocks, so that more people and families could enjoy a rural lifestyle.

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. 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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