Muriwai a photographer's playground
Muriwai beach is an amazing place, and it's just a 40-minute drive from central Auckland.
Whether it's swimming, surfing, a spot of fishing, a walk on the beach, or just sight-seeing, Muriwai has a little something for everyone.
As a landscape photographer, Muriwai is my favourite place in Auckland and high on the list of all the places I've been to in New Zealand. The gannet colony is a spectacular sight and is especially photogenic at sunset.
The flat rocks, which are also popular for fishing, are amazing and at times can resemble something from another planet.
Just down the road from Muriwai is Maori Bay, another popular place for surfers and photographers. At low tide some amazing rock formations are revealed, and if you're lucky you can find some sea stars scattered amongst them.
All of this and only a short drive from the bustling activity of downtown Auckland, it really is an amazing place.