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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Reviewed 1 week ago

From August to March each year, over 1000 gannets return to the cliffs at Muriwai Beach to begin their nesting season. Each gannet pair remains together for several years - some mating for life - and produce a single egg each season. This location is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place really is an absolute gem in New Zealand - one of my most favourite spots after five weeks spent exploring both North and South islands. It's very special and free! The black beaches are super soft with extremely fine basalt sand. The gannet...More

1  Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favourite places to visit in Auckland, the Murawai Gannet Colony. The birds are in residency from August to March. Not many chicks about yet but pairs nesting in every available space. Raucously claiming their spot. Gliding in to land within...More

2  Thank julsbalfour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did not know what I was in for when I hiked up the cliff… Don’t miss it, it’s breathtaking... Thousands of Ta’kapu’s soaring and nesting!! 🐦🐣🕊🌊

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always at this time of the year Gannets stays in Muriwai for mating season. Been to this place twice and it was not as smelly as before which is a good thing. Take your time looking and observing them. Its enjoyable to see how they...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went when it was nest building time - wonderful to see the males slowly collecting nesting material and the females pinning ti for each others nests. I has also been there when chicks are around and being fed - noisy but fabulous experience asn so...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2018

We were concerned that -going on a Sunday- the place would be very crowded but it was not bad at all. We parked by the beach and were already taken by the picture of the endless sand dunes, the surf and the kite surfers. We...More

Thank dasreiseteam
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

The place is simply amazing.... It is a place worth every steps.....walk to the lookout and see the gannets up close. I felt wonderful seeing the birds in their natural habitat. And the scenery of the surrounding areas are also great. It was spring and...More

Thank zaharahbakar
Reviewed 30 October 2018

You can get so close - see them sitting on their eggs - they are so beautiful to watch. You really could watch them all day and look so gorgeous when flying over you. Do smell but worth it.

Thank gill h
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We took our overseas friends here for the day. It is about an hours drive from Auckland city. The road is good and the coastline views are magnificent at the colony. There is good parking and an easy walkway to view the colony. Information boards...More

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Andrea M
12 May 2017|
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Response from Jake H | Reviewed this property |
In case you missed the other 387 answers, nope, there is no fee :)
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2011simon
15 November 2016|
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Response from Mark C |
From Murwai beach side there is a steep stairs. But from the other side of the colony there is a paved path, which while steep I think would be wheelchair accessible.
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