Auckland Beaches: Muriwai
|Muriwai: On busy days lifeguards pull dozens of people from the surf. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
The rocks of Muriwai belong to the gannets, fur seals and terns.
|Muriwai: Gannets soar above the cliffs on wingspans two metres across. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
This is one of the few places in the world where gannets will nest on
|Muriwai: The gannets on Otakamiro Point migrate to Australia and back. - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
From September to March the birds settle on the point and the rocky
pillar that rises beside it, as
well as an island further offshore, A track leads south over the rocks
to their colony, and in the
skies above they whirl on the updrafts with hangliders.
Around the bend in Maori Bay, rock fanciers can examine the cliffs for
formations known as pillow lava.
| Muriwai was once known as Motutara, "Island of the Seabirds". - Gerri Eller/NZ.Com 1998|
To the north the surf rolls up onto a long, broad beach lined with pines
to stop the dunes blowing
inland. Nearby there are walks through Muriwai Regional Park, a golf
course and horseridng
50 minutes drive from central Auckland. Take the North-Western motorway.
hollow Route 16 through
Kumeu to Waimauku, and turn left onto Muriwai Road, which runs into
A caution: These beaches are inviting but rough. Be careful in the water and on the rocks - see The Rules.
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