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Surfing Holiday on Auckland’s West Coast

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.

Short cut to local services within the coastal township Muriwai.

Muriwai BeachMuriwai Beach

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.

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Muriwai Beach

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 ( to Waimauku Primary school. Which makes pre-booking a good choice.

Maori Bay

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.


  • two car parks
    • one sealed at the end of Motutara Road with toilets and changing room
    • the second unsealed one is reachable after a right turn at the shops, with toilets, changing room and outdoor showers
  • Surf club with life guard tower, at the southern end of the beach
  • Before the car park is the surfing school.
  • Surf equipment, body boards and other beach toys like kites and blowcarts etc. are for hire.
  • Left hand before the car park is a playground with picnic spots
  • BBQ area
  • Coffee and hot food is available at the corner
  • Camping ground
  • Golf course

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.

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Services in the coastal township Muriwai

Coast and Country Tour

Accommodation nearby: Calico Lodge

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Tourists that are flexible with an auto rental New Zealand or with their international car rental company may favour other places to stay in West Auckland, Waitakere , or North Shore .

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