All our regional parks are rubbish free. Whether you call it rubbish, trash or garbage, please bag it all up and recycle it or throw it away when you return home.
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.
Dogs are allowed under control on leash, except that
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Follow State Highway 16 to Waimauku. Turn left into Muriwai Road and continue to the park.
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There are electric BBQs provided or bring your own gas BBQ.
Maori Bay and Muriwai Beach.
There is wheelchair access to toilet blocks.
There is access to native bush at Muriwai.
Additional parking is available at Village Green and Five Mile Strip.
Find your own favourite spot. For larger groups special conditions apply.
There is a designated loop trail through the Five Mile Strip lying between the dunes and Coast Road. The trails are sand based and mainly quite open. There are a number of minor trails cut through the regenerating vegetation that cross between the two sides of the main loop. Trails are marked with a simple home\away marker system.
Take a short walk to one of the many lookouts at Muriwai, including the one overlooking the gannet colony. Click on the links below for track information:
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.
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