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
||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)
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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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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.