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. Before you head to Muriwai Beach, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Muriwai Beach road trip app , to make sure you see all that Muriwai Beach has to offer, including Muriwai Gannet Colony.
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  • We were fortunate enough to be there during the nesting season (3rd week of December), and this was my favorite stop out of all the things we did out of Auckland. First of all, the views are brilliant...  more »
  • Exceptional view from the top of the belvedere on Muriwai Beach and on the colony of gannets. The birds nest within a metre of the belvedere. Well laid out access. Free parking on the beach. The belvedere Impossible for strollers and wheelchair access
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  • An easy stroll takes you to any of several view points close to the gannet colony where the jam packed nesting sites are very close together. It is hard to see how the birds find room to land. They so...  more »
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  • You get AMAZINGLY close to these nests and baby birds. People all warn about the small but don't worry! It's not bad and in 2 minutes you never notice it again. Come prepared for the sun with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and maybe umbrella....and COLD DRINKS! (Or visit cafe a mile away and stock up. We went both before and after) If you are prepared, you can watch the birds and really spend time watching. Watch them dive (binoculars), feed young, crash land, peck each other and practice flying. Also a small kids park just behind cafe. Best to wait for 5:30pm or so to get some shade in park or kids will be too hot. 2 boys 7 and 9 really impressed with the birds.
  • An easy access short walk to two well constructed viewing platform's giving extensive views over the cliff top gannet colony. Expect a pungent smell! Best time to visit is summer when there are chicks. Great entertainment for children.
  • Have to give nature a 5, but except to have your nose blasted with the heavy animal smell! Birds, birds, birds everywhere and the viewing paths are so close. Please don't litter here (or anywhere really). Short hike up the steps to the top where you can see all that's going on and read about it on the signs. Miraculous habitat for these birds who've been here for decades.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Stunning views of the sweeping beach, steep cliffs, and rolling waves. Parking is ample, however access to the beach is steep and the path is not suitable for most wheelchairs etc. Often has a stiff breeze blowing inland, which provides a pretty good location for paragliders and the like. Definitely worth the slightly longer drive, very unique.
  • An incredible privilege to be able to watch the Gannets nesting on the beautiful cliff side. Parking down in Muriwai and hiking up the steps on the headland the interpretive signs give some insight to the colony and the surrounding area before unveiling a scene of nesting Gannets. We were lucky enough to see plenty of young chicks ready to take to the skies also. Definitely worth checking out.
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