A couple of weeks ago on a lovely winter's day our family drove out to Muriwai for a walk. I can't remember going there before although I might have visited in my childhood and forgotten. We'd been to all the other easily accessed beaches on the west coast of the Auckland region, but not this one. I was a bit surprised to discover that Muriwai is probably the most easily accessed of them all --- less than 40 minutes from downtown Auckland. I guess that's because you don't have to traverse the winding roads of the Waitakere Ranges.
I think it's just a little less spectacular than Whatipu or Piha, but still lovely. Between October and February the gannets are nesting at their colony, which must be amazing, so we'll have to go back then.