Welcome to Muriwai Beach
A rugged black-sand surf beach, Muriwai Beach’s main claim to fame is the Takapu Refuge gannet colony, spread over the southern headland and outlying rock stacks. Viewing platforms get you close enough to watch (and smell) these fascinating seabirds. Every August hundreds of adult birds return to this spot to hook up with their regular partners and get busy – expect lots of outrageously cute neck-rubbing, bill-touching and general snuggling. The net result is a single chick per season; December and January are the best times to see the little ones testing their wings before embarking on an impressive odyssey.
Nearby, a couple of short tracks will take you through beautiful native bush to a lookout that offers views along the 60km length of the beach.