Muriwai Beach iron sands reach to the sea and sky. The horizon reaches into the layered light. It is though the world has merged between the earth, the water and sky without clear definition. The roaring waves provide a multi hued palette of blues, grey and white. Muriwai beach is a registered public road hence a popular spot for 4WD drive enthusiasts to challenge nature. A spectator sport, for cliff top walkers, is wondering if the feckless driver will win the challenge against the incoming tide. At low tide there is an opportunity to travel with the wind on a galloping horse. The iron polished packed sands, wet with the tidal waters reflect hoof prints, all great photo moments. Together with the reflected light and glare created by water, sky and sun it is a challenge to find the perfect location to capture the moment of nature at its best. Low tide is the best time for this activity. At the southern end of the beach is one of New Zealand’s most accessible mainland gannet colonies. link to article about muriwai gannet colony.