Muriwai Beach and Muriwai Regional Park
On a surfing holiday in West Auckland a visit to Muriwai is a must. The surf conditions here are more consistent than those on the east coast. An undisturbed stretch of 50 km beach along the Tasman Sea towards Kaipara Harbour are simply fantastic.
Muriwai Regional Park is the first choice for many beach enthusiasts. It is the west coast beach found the furthest north of Auckland region. Impressive is the sight of sixty kilometres unspoiled beach with black iron sand stretching in front of your eyes.
The southern end is marked by cliffs where anglers throw out their lines for fishing and the Otakamiro Point. There on this windy edge an Australasian gannet colony gathers each year for breeding. Separated by the gannet colony Maori Bay opens up.
The beach itself is comfortably accessible with a short walk from the car park over the sand dunes. Though highly frequented the length disperses the amount of visitors pleasantly. Visitors take pleasure in surfing, body boarding, skim-boarding, rock fishing, kite-fishing, blow-carting, beach walking, kiting, golfing, paragliding and more.
Surf life guards patrol the south end and recommend swimming and body boarding between the flags. Combine fun with security while surfing New Zealand and follow the advice of the surf patrol. They know their beaches and the constantly changing conditions best. This applies to all of west Auckland beaches.
Kick off your surfing holiday with professional surfing lessons. A surf instructor teaches how to use the boards, catch a wave, and where. are available through tripadvisor. The surf school even offers a pick-up service for those choosing to travel from CBD by bus (www.maxx.co.nz) to Waimauku Primary school. Which makes pre-booking a good choice.
It is a small unguarded beach. Locals often meet there to surf. An incoming tide provides the best surfing condition. At the car park facilities include changing and restroom. A steep downhill path leads to the beach.
The local meeting place is the shop and cafe at the corner. We enjoy concluding our trip there with some fresh fish and chips. Round up your surfing holiday with some amazing views introduced by Quarry Track or the Maori Bay Track to the gannet colony.