With its pristine native bush, coastal rainforest and rugged black sand beaches, Auckland’s west coast is a natural playground for visitors to explore. With hundreds of walking tracks and some of New Zealand’s best surf beaches, it’s easy to get active and discover the natural beauty – and it’s all within a 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland. Karekare is one of Auckland’s most spectacular beaches, its isolation adding to its stunning natural beauty. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.
Piha is one of Auckland’s most famous west coast black sand beaches. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Piha is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers, surrounded by rugged cliffs and with the majestic Lion Rock standing guard over the beach, the scenery is awe inspiring.
A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60 kilometres makes Muriwai 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 (takapu) breeding colonies.