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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  • Rugged cliff line getting pounded by strong surf, all while the countless Gannets do their thing. Great experience, made easy with great roads, parking, board walks and signage 
    Rugged cliff line getting pounded by strong surf, all while the countless Gannets do their thing. Great experience, made easy with great roads, parking, board walks and signage  more »
  • You can walk up to the gannet colony from the beach or drive up. If driving, take the road up near the roundabout and keep an eye out for the gannet colony sign. There are a few parking spots at the.....  more
    You can walk up to the gannet colony from the beach or drive up. If driving, take the road up near the roundabout and keep an eye out for the gannet colony sign. There are a few parking spots at the.....  more »
  • Muriwai is a spectacular west coast beach. The wind roars and the waves pound in, making it popular with both gannets and kite surfers. There’s a car park with toilets just off the beach. From there....  more
    Muriwai is a spectacular west coast beach. The wind roars and the waves pound in, making it popular with both gannets and kite surfers. There’s a car park with toilets just off the beach. From there....  more »
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  • Fabulous area to visit. Gannets sitting on the rocks 🪨 surfers 🏄‍♂️ enjoying themselves clean and tidy facilities. Great day out
  • Wild, Beautiful, magical. 30km westbfar from Auckland. A must see at every month of the year. From October to March the colony is at its full. March is the month when juveniles start to learn how to fly. A must see!
  • Really cool place and heaps of Gannets. In case of high wind bring a jacket with a hood. The sand off the cliffs taught us this lesson the hard way.
  • The track is really short but it's a beautiful area to explore. Stopped off at the beach after. My son loved playing in the cave
  • A real privilege to be able to get so close to those beautiful birds. Mid to Late summer chicks are being looked after their parents at the colony.

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