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Gannet Colony, Clifton

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Witness the annual en masse nesting and the amusing antics of Gannet Colony. About 1,200 pairs of gannets, large white seabirds, nest here each year, and hundreds of these little homes are built just centimeters apart. Later in the season you can see the hatchlings and watch as they learn to fly. Observe all this from a viewing platform above the nesting area, and enjoy views of Muriwai Beach. Choose between walking and riding a tractor down the long beach to the attraction. Use our Clifton vacation trip planner to add Gannet Colony and other attractions to your Clifton vacation plans.
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  • We have visited the Gannet as the young fully grown but still not the final plumage had colony. At the upper colony is specifically land birds funny to watch the returning parents. Visit is highly recommended, especially on the tractor trailer.
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  • Having checked the tides, we parked the car and set out on the beautiful beach walk with towering cliffs on one side. At the 8 klm mark we saw the first of the Gannet colonies - the smaller colony. We...  more »
  • Drive to Murawai Beach from Auckland was easy and quick. There is a bit of a climb to see the gannet colony but it is definitely worth it. Fantastic views, a smell of the sea, sun shine - and the bird...  more »