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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  • great surf but be ready and wear a wet suit. Really nice beach though was nice to walk around on. Cant wait to go back to the beach. You can rent a surf board there also  more »
  • The cliffs, beaches and surf are all worth seeing. The gannet colony was really quite amazing. So many birds all in one location. The area is well laid out for walking and viewing with good trails, st...  more »
  • Easier drive to the gannets from Auckland. A lot of walking trails, we where not able to do all of them. We loved the wonderful view of the birds while they where flying  more »
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  • Pick your time here wisely. A very popular place to go and not much parking. Highly recommended. If you want to swim do so at your own discretion, and between the flags. Gannets are amazing!
  • Nice short walk uphill to a headland where you can get pretty close to the gannets. Can be accessed from the north and south so can be done as a loop. The path is well formed, but does involve steps from the northern side.
  • Very easy access with walkways. You can get really up close. It is an easy walk and suitable for everyone. However, it might not be that wheelchair friendly or if you're dependent on a walking apparatus. The birds nests for a very short time. So best to go between Feb - March. You can visit Muriwai beach before or after you come here. It's a surfing beach and not suitable for swimming.
  • Very rare seen. Colony of Gannet birds. Can enjoy whole family. Specially for kids. Very much educational. This is located next to the Muriwai beach & you have climb up if you are coming from the beach side. Wooden steps available.
  • It was okay.. the smell of a bunch of birds meeting was less than pleasant but that's to be expected. Your often just feet away from the birds, so it's great for pictures.