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Address: West Coast 7886, Lake Moeraki, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

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Fiordland crested penguins from a distance

This place is on a way from Haast to Fox Glacier. It is an easy 30 minutes’ walk from the car park to the beach through a beautiful rainforest. The beach is quiet and isolated. If... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Joanna J
Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is beautiful, but you cannot stand on it too long. the sand flies will make you miserable and the bites will itch for days. If you go, take a bug repellent with a very high concentration of Deet.

Thank 729travel
Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is on a way from Haast to Fox Glacier. It is an easy 30 minutes’ walk from the car park to the beach through a beautiful rainforest. The beach is quiet and isolated. If you arrive late in the afternoon there is a chance to see Fordland crested penguins. They come ashore on the right end of the... More 

Thank Joanna J
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

We trekked through gorgeous rainforest to get to this beautiful beach with gorgeous rock formations, crashing waves, a colony of male fur seals, and even saw two penguins 'out of season'. Lovely!

Thank shauna t
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Pleasant walk along an easy track to the beach. When the penguins are in residence they will not come ashore if people ignore the notice and approach them too closely. Sadly, there are a lot of people who speak very eloquently, but evidently cannot read - the notice is big enough. We visited twice. The first time there was a... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

If anyone gives Munro Beach less than a five star review they need to have their head tested!!!! It's untouched, unspoiled, and a coastal paradise. Bring bug spray to combat sand flies if it's not windy. That's about all I have to say about this beach.

1 Thank sullyontv
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396 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is a pretty lengthy hike, but easy, from the car park. the beach you arrive at is wild & beautiful. If you want to try to see penguins, go at low tide, they nest to the right of the trail exit (please respect their habitat, get in one place, sit & stay...don't block their entrance to/from the sea or... More 

1 Thank LookingForFamilyFun
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Monro Beach is signposted from the main west coast highway near Lake Moeraki. Turn off the highway to a small carpark and follow the well marked path through lush forest for over 2 kms to reach the beach. We came here principally to see Fiordland Crested Penguin. Arriving early afternoon we spent 2.5 hours and saw three different penguins. There... More 

2 Thank mikeedeedee
Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

A beautiful walk with dramatic scenery. Great place for pictures or to hunt for jade. Wear long sleeves as the sand flies bite, so best if there is a good breeze. Harvest a few green lipped mussels and cook them over a campfire.

Thank Jonathan S
falmouth, maine
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Monro Beach (for Fjordland Crested penguin(a beautiful half hour plus walk through rain forest, very benign, no snakes or man eating vines, mossy and damp, leading to the beach where the FCP supposedly lives, by all accounts they come out of the sea at dusk; we got there mid afternoon and none were to be found. FYI. Worth the walk... More 

Thank chimayred
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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

another free highlight of the west coast of New Zealand. A beautiful walk through forest including a small bridge to an unbelievable beach. The beach is a breeding area for penguins but sadly we were not there at the right time of the year as told by a local we met. We didn't spend long on the beach due to... More 

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