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.
||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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||458 Motutara Road, Muriwai Beach
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Dog walking restrictions
Dogs are allowed under control on leash, except that
On Muriwai beach
Dogs are allowed under control off leash at all times in the dog exercise area on Muriwai beach from a point 450 metres north from Motutara road for a distance of approximately 10 km to the beginning of the Muriwai beach Marginal strip and adjacent Crown foreshore.
Dogs are allowed under control off leash on that part of Muriwai Beach from Motutara Road to a point 450m to the north from 7.00pm to 9.00am between the 1st Sunday in October and the 3rd Sunday in March, and are allowed under control off a leash at all times from the day after the 3rd Sunday in March to the day before the 1st Sunday in October. Dogs are prohibited from 9.00am to 7.00pm between the 1st Sunday in October and the 3rd Sunday in March.
Otakamiro point - Maukatia special management zone (including Maori bay) and associated beach and foreshore areas
Dogs are prohibited
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How to get to Muriwai
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.