Regional parks

Important notice

Please note that booking hours for regional parks will now operate from 8.00am – 7.00pm Monday through to Sunday for SCC campgrounds, SCC parking areas, baches and bookable sites.  No bookings can be taken over the phone or in person on park after this time.  

No cash payments are available at any time on park.  For all payment methods, click here.

We strongly recommend that you call our contact centre in advance of your arrival on park on 301 0101, to make your booking.

About
Park facilities
Park activities
Tracks
History

About this park

A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60km north showcases Muriwai's spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of our few mainland gannet (takapu) breeding colonies.


Casual group size limit for Muriwai Regional Park is 75

Opening hours

Pedestrian access Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)

How to get to Muriwai

Physical Address:   458 Motutara Road, Muriwai Beach

Follow State Highway 16 to Waimauku. Turn left into Muriwai Road and continue to the park.

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Distance from Auckland CBD

45 km


Maps

Park facilities

BBQ
BBQ

There are electric BBQs provided or bring your own gas BBQ.

Beaches
Beaches

Maori Bay and Muriwai Beach.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage
Interpretation
Interpretation
Limited mobility toilet
Limited mobility toilet

There is wheelchair access to toilet blocks.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)
Native bush
Native bush

There is access to native bush at Muriwai.

Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

Additional parking is available at Village Green and Five Mile Strip.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables

Find your own favourite spot. For larger groups special conditions apply.

Potable water
Potable water
Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Ranger office
Ranger office
Sealed access road
Sealed access road
Toilet block
Toilet block

Park activities

History

Māori occupied the area for centuries. Ngāti Te Kahupara, a sub-tribe of both Te Kawerau ā Maki and Ngāti Whatua descent, lived there from the 1700s until the late 1800s. They lived mainly at Ōtakamiro Point, at Oneonenui in the headwaters of the Ōkiritoto Stream (Totoanui Falls) and at Korekore Pā (Pulpit Rock). Two pā (defended settlements) were located on Ōtakamiro Point.

Land was sold to European settlers and in 1909 Sir Edwin Mitchelson, helped establish the forerunner to the present park, the Motutara Domain. Mitchelson built a large homestead and extensive garden overlooking Ōtakamiro Point. Many of the exotic and native trees Mitchelson planted are within the park – look out for them amongst the regenerating coastal forest.