Muriwai Beach (D1)

Muriwai Beach, Waitakare Ranges.  Auckland Regional Park.

GPS: -36.830209 174.427522

Muriwai overview

Muriwai overview

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The always-gorgeous Muriwai sunset.

The always-gorgeous Muriwai sunset.

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The Gannet carpark area looing northwards over the stretch of Muriwai Beach.

The Gannet carpark area looing northwards over the stretch of Muriwai Beach.

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At Muriwai the gannets are gaining ground on the viewpoints, now nesting almost within reach of the camera-toting gannet-lovers. The colony is growing, and the Gannets don't seem to mind humans being so close.

At Muriwai the gannets are gaining ground on the viewpoints, now nesting almost within reach of the camera-toting gannet-lovers. The colony is growing, and the Gannets don’t seem to mind humans being so close.

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The Gannets of Muriwai.  They mate for life...this one must be looking for his missus!

The Gannets of Muriwai. They mate for life…this one must be looking for his missus!

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Watching the gannets rub their necks together upon reunion is somehow...riveting.  REALLY! I dare you not to think so!

Watching the gannets rub their necks together upon reunion is somehow…riveting. REALLY! I dare you not to think so!

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Blow hole exclamations at Muriwai's tidal shelf

Blow hole exclamations at Muriwai’s tidal shelf

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The prominent tidal shelf at Muriwai Beach explodes into action as the tide rises

The prominent tidal shelf at Muriwai Beach explodes into action as the tide rises

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Muriwai's fisherman tidal shelf.

Muriwai’s fisherman tidal shelf.

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Muriwai Beach has surfboard rentals and surfing lessons

Muriwai Beach has surfboard rentals and surfing lessons

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Sand Dunz Cafe, Muriwai.

Sand Dunz Cafe, Muriwai.

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Spacious Muriwai campground, just steps from the beach.

Spacious Muriwai campground, just steps from the beach.

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Muriiwai Golf Club sports views to make you miss your putt

Muriiwai Golf Club sports views to make you miss your putt

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Muriwai land-sailing regatta.

Muriwai land-sailing regatta.

Beach dunes north of Muriwai's northern access road.

Beach dunes north of Muriwai’s northern access road.

 

These next pix are all about the Te Henga Walkway which extends south from Upper Muriwai down the coast to Bethell’s Beach.  For a fabulous day-walk, go from Muriwai to the viewpoint of Bethell’s beach at Raetahinga Pt.

 

Goldie Bush map also showing Te Henga Walkway.

Goldie Bush map also showing Te Henga Walkway.

Te Henga Walkway start.

Te Henga Walkway start.

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Te Henga heading westwards to the coast.

Te Henga heading westwards to the coast.

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Te Henga track markers...and endless coast views.

Te Henga track markers…and endless coast views.

Stunning sandstone bluffs along Te Henga Walkway.

Stunning sandstone bluffs along Te Henga Walkway.

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Te Henga walkway looking south along gorgeous coast.

Te Henga walkway looking south along gorgeous coast.

Te Henga walkway looking north.

Te Henga walkway looking north.

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Looking north towards heaven

Looking north towards heaven

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100% gorgeous!!

100% gorgeous!!

100% coastal views on the Te Henga walkway.

100% coastal views on the Te Henga walkway.

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View over Bethell's O'Neill Bay from Raetahinga Point viewpoint on the Te Henga walkway

View over Bethell’s O’Neill Bay from Raetahinga Point viewpoint on the Te Henga walkway

A view from Bethells Beach all the way to Whatipu Beach,

A view from Bethells Beach all the way to Whatipu Beach,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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