Muriwai. About an hours ride from my home and one of Auckland's iconic and most popular beaches is located on the West Coast just north of Auckland. It's a black sand beach, derived from the iron content of the old surrounding volcanoes. It is a popular place to swim (although very dangerous), to fish and has some terrific nature walks. It also has its own Gannet colony for those that love birds. It is also a great place to have a bit of fun on bikes! At low tied you can drive on the beach, (4Wd access) only north of the entrance though and there is a posted speed limit. You can go as far as South Head forest which is about 60km's up. A few hours either side of low tied is the best. Judging by some of the rusting engine blocks and chassis that I saw not every one adheres to this advice.
Thanks for reading another one of Rogeys Gravel Rash Adventures. A few more pics here if interested
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