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Muriwai Beach

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FC: Muriwai Beach

1: Muriwai, also called Muriwai Beach, is a coastal community located on the west coast of North island, New Zealand. It is also home to a reasonably large colony of gannets that is growing in size

2: It is also unique because of its black sand, caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area. The majority of the black mineral sand is carried up the west coast from Mt Taranaki through the process of longshore drift. This sand is igneous material that was eroded from the volcanic area. Despite this, the area has retained much of its natural beauty and isolation. | * Surfing is the main pastime at Maori Bay / Muriwai. Other pastimes enjoyed at Maori Bay include parasailing and hang gliding, for which the prevailing westerly wind often provides favourable conditions. * Fishing is also popular, although dangerous in many places. * Bush Walking is encouraged, with boardwalks in place. * Driving along the beach is popular, especially at fishing contest time, vehicles have been mass stranded in past years. * Sand Yachts are available for hire at the local beach store. * There is also many Mountain bike trails up in the pines, mainly Downhill and freeride trails. | Sand and Rock, Older volcanic material, with many concretions and layers in the cliff walls. A blowhole plays often. | Wild coast and gannet colony - Muriwai Beach

3: Die main manne!

4: What a beautiful view. | t is approximately 17km West of Kumeu, 42 kilometres Northwest of Auckland city, at the southern end of an unbroken 50 kilometre stretch of beach which extends up the Tasman Sea coast to the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour. One of several popular resorts in the area (others include Piha and Karekare), it experiences a population explosion in summer when Aucklanders head to the sea.

5: The view is just awesome! Look at this - New Zealand sea does have waves! | This is life - spending Waitangi day 2008 on the beach. Oh man - does that black sand burn! I wanted to go to the toilets and thought I would get quicker to the top if I took my shoes off. BIG mistake!

6: Gannet colony | Vriende!

7: Enjoying summer! | Friends!

8: A day at the beach.

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  • Title: Muriwai Beach
  • Description Muriwai Regional Park is a windswept rugged coastline stretching 60 km north. It is one of New Zealand's most spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of this country's few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. This headland and offshore islands are also home to white fronted terns, blue penguins and fur seals. The Takapu Refuge is located at the southern end of Muriwai beach and is an established breeding area for gannets. About 1,200 pairs of adult gannets nest here each summer and can be seen between August and March each year. Fur seals feed and rest at Oaia Island, 1.6km off the coast and can sometimes be seen during spring. History In 1979 the Auckland Regional Council (then ARA) established the Takapu Refuge with the help of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.
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