Muriwai Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach

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Witness a remarkable spectacle of the world of birds at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Around 1,200 pairs of gannets flock to this seasonal breeding place for these magnificent seabirds, offering fantastic photographic opportunities for visitors along this wild stretch of coastland. The nests lie just a few centimeters away from one another on the rocks jutting out into the waters, bringing a sense of the chaotic wonder of the natural world. Walk the numerous routes along the rocky coastline for more views of the coast and to enjoy the fresh sea air. Using our custom trip planner, Muriwai Beach attractions like Muriwai Gannet Colony can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We decided to take a walk and liked it! It is super windy, so dress accordingly ;) Nice place to visit and in a short scenic drive from Auckland. 
  • A unique natural experience on Auckland's rugged west coast. Make sure you check out the neighboring Maori Bay, and watch the surfers, but take care if swimming!! Can be strong currents. 
  • We travelled here from the opposite coast and were not disappointed. The beach is wonderful and the hike up to the colony not to hard. Several viewing points and many birds with chicks. Wonderful plac...  more »
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  • Hard to park but it was worth it. The migratory birds are awesome to look at. Unfortunately I didn't see any Maui dolphin. The beach is also cool foe surfing. Hopefullu one day I'll be able to surf too!
  • Absolutely worth a visit. August to March each year, more than 2000 gannets occupy this rookery atop the rugged cliffs and the powerful swell of the Tasman Sea. Access is easy. Proximity to Auckland makes it an easy addition to any itinerary.
  • A very cool place for a day trip! We visited the gannet colony as an observational field trip for a biology course at UoA, and it was an awesome experience! It's about a 15 minute walk from the carpark and has an awesome coastal view as well!
  • Roughly a 15 minute walk to the Gannetts. Very smell enough to make some people gag. But a spectical of nature... some breath taking views aswell.
  • Muriwai is one of Auckland's staple attractions, and for a good reason. The gannets come and go but the sweeping views and the wild Tasman surroundings are a thrill even without the gannets - highly recommended.