Discover the Rugged West Coast With a Trip to Muriwai and Woodhill Forest
Auckland’s West Coast is even more rugged and wild in winter. Larissa loves to escape for a winter's day trip from Auckland and check out the west coast. Close to Muriwai is Woodhill Forest, ideal for some mountain biking or walking fun. Once you have worked up an appetite, stop for a meal at the Hallertau Brewery in Kumeu.
Auckland to Muriwai - 40 minutes
While maybe not to the best weather for swimming, Muriwai is even more wild and impressive in winter and still a great day trip destination, just remember to pack a rain jacket! Only 40 minutes West of Auckland's CBD, it is easily accessible by car. Take a stroll along the beach, admire the huge surf and watch those brave enough to tackle the swell and icey cold waters on a surfboard. For those wanting to stretch their legs, the Muriwai Lookout Track is a short but steep walk that ends with a spectacular lookout down to the beach. This walk beings from Motutara Road, about 100m east of the park shop. For those not fit enough to tackle the hill, you can still admire the views from above Maori Bay, access off Waitea Road. From August to March each year the impressive gannet colony is another must-see in Muriwai!
Muriwai to Woodhill Forest - 15 minutes
Next up, jump back into Larissa’s Honda and drive just 15 minutes to Woodhill Forest. Here the activities are endless for those wanting a bit of adventure. Hike through the forest, enjoy some horseback riding, battle it out at paintball. Or, switch up your YourDrive wheels for wheels of a different kind and take a ride around Woodhill's Mountain Bike Park. With plenty of different trails to choose from, this bike park is suitable for beginners right through to advanced riders.
Woodhill Forest to Kumeu - 20 minutes
Cruising back to Auckland, we suggest breaking up the drive and pulling into the Hallertau Brewery in Kumeu for a meal, located just 20 minutes from Woodhill. They source a lot of their fruit and vege right from their own kitchen garden, they even have free roaming brewery chickens which provide their eggs. Being a brewery, they are known for their handcrafted beers, be sure to buy a selection to enjoy at home while reminiscing on your awesome day. The journey home should not take more than 30 minutes.
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