Muriwai Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach
(4.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I recently went out to the gannet colony for a 4th visit and still loved it as much as all previous visits. If you want a gorgeous mix of stunning coastal views and lots of gorgeous seabirds this is t...  more »
  • It's a spectacular experience to see that much of Gannets are sitting and flying around the stunning atmosphere. The place is well organized, so we had no difficulty while watching the birds in divers...  more »
  • Enjoyed watching the Gannets during their mating rituals and seeing all phases of birth of these beautiful birds. Added benefit of going to Murawai is walking on the black sand beach and seeing the su...  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.