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Muriwai Beach Tours and Activities

Muriwai Beach
The entire western coastline of New Zealand’s two main islands is known to be wild and windswept, and Muriwai Beach, to the west of Auckland, is no exception. The black sand beach with high cliffs and rugged waves are popular with adventurous surfers as well as bird spotters, who come to see the huge colonies of nesting gannets. 

The Basics
Although quite close to Auckland, Muriwai is a welcome change from the development of the big city. It’s a popular weekend spot for Aucklanders and it offers great surfing for experienced surfers, lessons for beginners, golf with Tasman Sea views, and amazing bird watching in the late winter through to late autumn. In season, head to Otakamiro Point to see the thousands of gannets laying, nesting, and hatching on the cliff.

Visitors tend to come to Muriwai Beach on day trips from Auckland, although it’s also possible to camp nearby or stay in other local accommodation. Some organized day trips from Auckland also include a visit to Muriwai Beach, especially during gannet nesting season, or to visit the vineyards in the surrounding area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If surfing’s on the agenda, don’t fail to bring or rent a wetsuit. Even in summer, the sea off New Zealand can be quite cold.
  • The gannet colonies are within the Muriwai Regional Park, which has picnic areas, a cafe, and walking trails.
  • The sea all along the West Coast is notoriously powerful. Only strong swimmers should brave the surf, and always follow any warnings about rip tides or places that should be avoided.

How to Get There
To reach Muriwai Beach, head west from Auckland on State Highway (SH) 16. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Private organized tours can also be taken. Although Muriwai can be reached by bus from some parts of Auckland, this is not recommended as journeys can take more than three hours and require changing to different buses. 

When to Get There
Muriwai Beach is accessible all the time, although the weather is best for beach and water sports in the summer (December-February). Weekends can get busy with day-tripping Aucklanders, especially when the weather is fine. The gannets nest at Muriwai between August and March. 

Combine with a Trip to Popular Piha
Muriwai Beach isn’t the only West Coast beauty near Auckland. Popular and picturesque Piha Beach was made famous in the film, The Piano. It is to the south of Muriwai and can be visited on the same day, or camp overnight. The black sand, wild surf, and sheer cliffs make Piha a striking place.
Address: Muriwai Beach, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
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Private Tour of Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony from Auckland

Private Tour of Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony from Auckland

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Discover the black sand beaches, dramatic waterfalls and idyllic vineyards of Auckland’s wild west coast. This private full-day tour can be customized to your preferences, so you could explore natural wonders like Fairy Falls, Crystal Mountain and Bethells beach, marvel at the Gannet breeding colony on Muriwai beach or enjoy wine tasting along the Kumeu Wine Trail.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

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Black sands, native wildlife, and award-winning wine awaits you on this tour of Auckland’s wild west coast. Following pickup from your central hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste a selection of local varietals and blends.
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Full-Day: Auckland Scenic Tour- 8 HOURS

Full-Day: Auckland Scenic Tour- 8 HOURS

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Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just one day. Snap photos of Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill; take in the views from Tamaki Drive and Mission Bay; explore vibrant neighborhoods like Ponsonby; and visit off-the-beaten-track attractions like Muriwai Beach, the Auckland Domain and Parnell.
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  • 8 hours
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Eco tour to Muriwai Beach & Gannet Colony including transport from Auckland

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Eco tour to Muriwai Beach & Gannet Colony including transport from Auckland

Muriwai Beach is famous for its sparkling black sand, surf and Gannet Colony. Auckland and Beyond Tours will start your tour by picking you up from Auckland CBD at your accommodation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Waitakere Ranges and stop at a beautiful spot that looks out over Muriwai for the perfect photo opportunity. Once at Muriwai we will take you to have a closer look at the gannets (easy walking) then along the beach and the cove. You will have approximately an hour to relax, swim and explore the beach. It just keeps getting better, from there we will take you for wine tasting at one of the areas oldest wineries to taste test before returning to Auckland. Morning Tour: 9:00 AM Sunset Tour: 3:00 PM (timing is flexible)
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Small group - 4-5 people. Black sand and wine. Piha and Muriwai beach.

Small group - 4-5 people. Black sand and wine. Piha and Muriwai beach.

Join us and experience the real New Zealand nature. Visit one of the most iconic places - Black sand beaches - Piha Beach, Muriwai beach, Gunnet colony and have lunch at one of the world-famous wineries. All in one day!
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Beautiful Nature Tours Auckland - Private Tour

Beautiful Nature Tours Auckland - Private Tour

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From black sand beaches, to lush rainforest, and rolling vineyards; Auckland’s West Coast has no shortage of photo-worthy scenery. Take it all in on this private tour, traveling in the comfort of a private vehicle. Journey through the Kumeu wine region, take a hike through the rainforest, spot wildlife such as gannets and seals, and enjoy a picnic lunch by the beach.
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West Coast Discovery - Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach from Auckland

West Coast Discovery - Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach from Auckland

Explore the Waitakere Ranges rainforest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach or World famous in New Zealand: Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach, during an this tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park. Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this tour from Auckland Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 5 hours
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City to Surf Signature Private Tour

City to Surf Signature Private Tour

Experience Auckland's fascinating volcanic landscape, get a taste of Maori history and discover the wonderful West Coast, the home of Maui Dolphins, Seals (Kekenos) and native bird life. Leaving the crowds behind us we will travel through the Kumeu wine region to the wild West Coast. Enjoy the wonderful nature on a walk through mystic rainforest before reaching the 60 km long black sand beach. If you are lucky you will see playful Maui Dolphins, sunbathing seals and about 3000 Gannets looking after their chicks (August-April). We head back to the "City of Sails", visit historical Bastion Point and get a taste of Maori history before we stop in a little seaside village where you will have the opportunity to have some lunch enjoy a fantastic view onto Auckland's largest volcano, Rangitoto and Browns Island. From here we will visit Maungakiekie, the second largest volcano Auckland's and a place of remembrance for Maori and other New Zealanders.
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Breathtaking west coast, rainforest, beach and boobies - German private tour

Breathtaking west coast, rainforest, beach and boobies - German private tour

Actively explore the natural wonders that captivate all outdoor enthusiasts. Here, at the beginning of YOUR way, forget everyday life, find YOUR way to slow down and develop a feel for New Zealand! 60 km of black sand beach, beautiful landscapes, diverse vegetation, rainforest, boobies you can experience all this and more on our Wild West Tour From the “City of Sails” we drive through the Kumeu wine region to Muriwai (45 min), where you can take a 30-minute walk in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary’s (Hillary Trail) with fantastic views. From Maukatia Bay it goes along the Otakamiro Trail to the gannet colony. Be a witness to the forces of nature, sun, wind and waves ... before heading back to Auckland
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“City to Surf” - Privattour mit deutscher Reiseleitung

“City to Surf” - Privattour mit deutscher Reiseleitung

Aus der Stadt in die Natur und ein Einblick in die Geschichte der Maori Wir verlassen den Rummel der Stadt,geniessen Sie die einzigartige Natur auf einem Spaziergang durch mystischen Regenwald zum 47 km langem schwarzen Sandstrand. Wenn es die Natur erlaubt, entdecken Sie spielende Maui Delphine, sich auf Felsen sonnende Seebären und etwa 3000 Tölpel, die sich am Otakamiro Point Ihrem Nachwuchs widmen (August –April). Wir besuchen Bastion Point, bekommen einen Einblick in die Geschichte der Maoris bevor es in einen gemütlichen Strandstadtteil, fern vom Massentourismus, geht mit tollem Blick auf Rangitoto, dem größten Vulkan Aucklands und Browns Island. Zum Abschluss besuchen wir Maungakieke, den drittgrößten vulkanischen Berg Aucklands mit grandioser Aussicht auf den Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City und Rangitoto
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Auckland East Coast to West Coast Small Group Tour

Auckland East Coast to West Coast Small Group Tour

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Welcome to City of Sails Tours. We start our small group tour by visiting our famous Mt Eden which is Auckland's highest volcano with spectacular 360-degree views of our beautiful city. Then explore Auckland Domain and the Winter Gardens before traveling along the water front to Mission Bay to enjoy the views from Bastion Point. We Journey past West Haven Marina and across the Waitemata Harbour traveling over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. Venture into Devonport village and experience our East Coast Beaches and awesome views up North Head Historic Reserve. Visit Kumeu, home to many vineyards, and enjoy wine tasting. Visit Muriwai Beach and see one of New Zealand's important Gannet breeding colonies when in season (August - April). After enjoying the wild scenery and black sand beaches of the west coast, we head back to the City of Sails to your drop off destination which concludes our tour.
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Muriwai Scenic Gannet & Wine Experience

Muriwai Scenic Gannet & Wine Experience

Leave behind the bustle of Auckland City and spend the day exploring Auckland's wine country, agricultural region, where you experience their heritage and tradition, whilst tasting their award winning world-renowned wines. Savour a picnic by the lake, enjoy a game of outdoor, experience a delicious lunch at a vineyard restaurant roaming gardens and wander among the vines, continued to an impressive coastline with cliff-top trails to a huge gannet colony, at Muriwai’s one of New Zealand's most spectacular black-sand surf beaches.
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Auckland Coastal Experience

Auckland Coastal Experience

New Zealand's largest city, set between two harbours and magnificent coastal expanses, offers a sizzling blend of urban sophistication and multicultural style. Cross the width of the country in one day. See life in Auckland unfold and explore various landmarks. Stroll on Auckland's peaceful and calm white sand beach in the morning and experience the rugged and roaring black sand beach in the afternoon. The Coastal experience is a great way to discover more about the unique features of Auckland. Hit the road, stray from well-worn paths and experience the real New Zealand. Enjoy a comprehensive tour for an exceptional value that covers the best sights with plenty of stops for photos.
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20,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

20,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

Imagine the excitement of free-falling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. At 5,000ft, your parachute is opened and you slow to an extremely comfortable floating pace, allowing you to really take in the patchwork of emerald green fields and winding aqua waterways, peeking out from under the glorious, fluffy long white clouds. From high-adrenaline to relaxing pursuits, there’s something for every traveller. Head out to enjoy our Cellar Door & Lawn Bar experience with a visit to the Muriwai black sand beach. Capture every moment of your experience in high definition, write a message on your hands, show off to your friends in freefall and get ready to change your profile picture!
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16,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

16,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

Imagine the excitement of free-falling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. At 5,000ft, your parachute is opened and you slow to an extremely comfortable floating pace, allowing you to really take in the patchwork of emerald green fields and winding aqua waterways, peeking out from under the glorious, fluffy long white clouds. From high-adrenaline to relaxing pursuits, there’s something for every traveller. Head out to enjoy our Cellar Door & Lawn Bar experience with a visit to the Muriwai black sand beach. Capture every moment of your experience in high definition, write a message on your hands, show off to your friends in freefall and get ready to change your profile picture!
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13,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

13,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

Imagine the excitement of free-falling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. At 5,000ft, your parachute is opened and you slow to an extremely comfortable floating pace, allowing you to really take in the patchwork of emerald green fields and winding aqua waterways, peeking out from under the glorious, fluffy long white clouds. From high-adrenaline to relaxing pursuits, there’s something for every traveller. Head out to enjoy our Cellar Door & Lawn Bar experience with a visit to the Muriwai black sand beach. Capture every moment of your experience in high definition, write a message on your hands, show off to your friends in freefall and get ready to change your profile picture!
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9,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

9,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience

Imagine the excitement of free-falling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. At 5,000ft, your parachute is opened and you slow to an extremely comfortable floating pace, allowing you to really take in the patchwork of emerald green fields and winding aqua waterways, peeking out from under the glorious, fluffy long white clouds. From high-adrenaline to relaxing pursuits, there’s something for every traveller. Head out to enjoy our Cellar Door & Lawn Bar experience with a visit to the Muriwai black sand beach. Capture every moment of your experience in high definition, write a message on your hands, show off to your friends in freefall and get ready to change your profile picture!
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Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

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Small Groups - Maximum 18 travellers per tour. NZ Family Owned since 1971 - Many NZ tour companies are Australian owned. Off the Beaten Track Destinations - where big coaches can't go. Flexibility - Time to add as many (or few) activities around the country as you like. Walking - For those who would like to, there are lots of short walks all over the country, your guides will help you find them. Kiwi Guides - Our guides are all passionate Kiwis who know the country like the back of their hands.
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Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

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Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

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Design your perfect New Zealand trip and feel like a VIP with every detail taken care of on this custom-made tour. Where you go and what you do is completely up to you, so you could visit the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the North Island; discover Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Fox Glacier on the South Island; or tour LOTR sites such as Tongariro and Hobbiton.
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Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 8 Hours

Shore Excursion: Full Day Small Group Auckland Scenic Tour - 8 Hours

Popular Tour now released as a Shore Excursion.The most comprehensive Full Day 8 hour Auckland Tour available. See the top attractions of Auckland on this Full-Day Scenic Tour. Drive along Tamaki Drive by air-conditioned Mercedes with one of our guides renowned for their knowledge;discover the quaint village of Devonport,Mission Bay and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360 degree views; North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City, inner Harbour ;also up Auckland's highest volcano,historic Mt. Eden;admire native birdlife at Muriwai and the spectacular rugged coastline with black sand beaches; sip fine wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail.Visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery. Enjoy our historic lunch stop in Riverhead. Marvel as we journey into the lush countryside.This 8-hour tour includes round-trip travel from your cruise ship
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Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting

Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting

Auckland’s Wild West Coast Tour, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines the best the west coast of Auckland has to offer. Highlights: • West Coast Black Sand Beaches & Rugged Coastline • Muriwai Gannet Colony • Hallertau Brewery Lunch • Craft Beer Tasting Done jointly with our Auckland Highlights Tour makes the ultimate Auckland experience. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it’s our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.
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1 Great Day Auckland - City & Spectacular West Coast Nature - Private Tour

1 Great Day Auckland - City & Spectacular West Coast Nature - Private Tour

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It's Auckland plus New Zealand's magic in a day. Fully guided private tour (2-4 guests) in English or German. And we add colonial style houses in charming Devonport,views from volcanic hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Auckland, Harbour Bridge, the beautiful Museum Domain and exotic Winter Gardens. All you need on a day tour or shore excursion! • Auckland, mallow golden and rugged black sand beaches, West Coast, Gannets and rainforest in day? • Fully Guided Small Group (2-4 people), the perfect great full-day tour when you are in Auckland. • English or German speaking • Fully air-conditioned SUV • Private Tour options - please get in touch
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1 Great Day Auckland - Spectacular West Coast - Private Tour & Shore Excursion

1 Great Day Auckland - Spectacular West Coast - Private Tour & Shore Excursion

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Enjoy a fantastic route from Auckland City into the Wilderness and back. Fully guided small group (2-4 guests) in English or German language. Muriwai is one of New Zealand's most spectacular black-sand beaches, nestled between Auckland‘s beautiful native rainforest and rock-clashing world-class surf. It‘s a short and easy track up the cliff-tops to the viewing platforms to give you stunning views far over the dramatic coastline of Tasman Sea. You get up close to the colony that you can count the eggs and observe the fluffy chicks. A scenic drive to one of Auckland‘s „Must-Do“ attractions where we found ourselves surrounded by the natural beauty one expects to see in New Zealand. It‘s a nature-related informative and well presented Visitor Center with superb 360 degree panoramic viewpoints overlooking the Auckland area and subtropical rainforest to the ocean. It's an educational area in regards to the regions flora, animals, history and culture of the land.
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