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Muriwai, New Zealand
+64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Get there about 30 minutes before sunset, grab an ice cream from the shop and watch the sun disappear into the surf.
Overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Piha, Muriwai beach is a wonder to behold. For a start, it is a true black sand beach. Then there is the surf. Don't wade in without taking a good look around. be sure only to be within the flags set out by the surf lifesaving team (it should be a clear note of warning that any beach requiring something called the "surf lifeguard team" requires some awareness). Watch the surfers and be amazed at the surf fisherman. It was possible to drive on the beach (it goes for 60 Km's), but limitations are in place now so check the signs. You can walk the beach or adjourn to the nearby Muriwai Golf course, one of the finest links courses in the country if not the world. The views from the golf course rival any of those on the western coast of the US. Lastly, as this is almost a purely western facing beach, check out the sunsets. They are truly amazing with surf, Pohutukawa trees and black sand all with the back drop of the disappearing sun.