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Muriwai Beach

This is a very popular beach with all year surfing and summer crowds. It is very accessible with good parking and camping facilities. However it is also a very hazardous beach so stay close inshore in the patrolled area when swimming.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Muriwai can become very hazardous beach, with over 100 people being rescued each year. All swimmers should stay in the patrol area in front of the patrol tower and on the inner portion of the inner bar, well clear of both the southern headland rip and rips further along the beach.


This is a popular surfing beach owing to the good access and abundance of waves. However the surfs depend on wave and winds conditions, with the best waves during small westerly swells and east to north east winds. Jet skis also use the beach in suitable conditions, launching from the southern end of the beach over the hard sand.


The southern rock platform is one of the most popular rock fishing location in the area and also one of the most hazardous, with the potential for large waves to wash across the rocks. Several drowning have occurred here so be very careful if fishing off the rocks. Small boats are also commonly launched across the hard sand at the southern end of the beach.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Muriwai Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Muriwai Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly fine with possible showers
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Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
Good. 7/10


Safety at Muriwai Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Muriwai Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Muriwai Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Muriwai Beach will be patrolled by Surf Lifeguards every Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday from 11am to 4pm* between 23rd October 2021 until 18th April 2022. Week day patrols from 10am to 6pm* start from 29th November 2021 until 1st April 2022 *hours may be extended.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Muriwai Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Muriwai is popular beach located 45 kilometres from Auckland. The long and at times wide beach attracts a wide range of beach-goers from those who are happy to sit and swim in the southern patrolled area, to those who drive an assortment of vehicles along the 50 kilometres long beach to surf, fish and sight-see. The Muriwai Road terminates at the beach providing both access to the beach via a ramp, and to a large cap park. In addition there are public amenities, a kiosk, the Muriwai Surf Life Saving Club, a motor camp and camping area, all at the southern end, with the Muriwai golf course backing the southern 1.5 km of the beach. The beach faces west south west and is exposed to the full force of the dominant westerly waves and winds. the waves and fine black beach sand produce a 500 metre surf zone consisting of a wide flat inner swash zone fronted by an attached bar cut by a strong permanent rip against the southern Otakamiro Point, and strong beach rips every 500m along the beach, with up to 100 rips between Muriwai and the Kaipara Habour entrance.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.maxx.co.nz/


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Beach Water Quality

Many councils provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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