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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Although you have to be lucky that the wind does not come from the wrong direction (if you know what I mean), it is really nice to come that close to that gannet colony! You can just take a short walk up there and see...More

Thank Fien D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Gannet Colony during our city tour with Auckland Scenic Tours with views from the cliffs from a fantastic viewpoint. The views of the colony, ocean and cliffs were superb. From August to March the Gannet Colony is very busy. There are so...More

Thank tommomelbourne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the top sides outside of Aucklamd to see. Highly recommend the drive to explore the coast. Unfortunately as this was a spontaneous drive we didnt have our togs and towels so we stuck to the tracks but I was amazed at the sparkling...More

Thank TeaganG991
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I live on the North Shore and sometimes need to get away but still by the Ocean. I love how rugged and open Muriwai Gannet Colony is. The birds are cool to watch fly in and out. You can see for miles so if you...More

Thank mollieb284
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

A sight to behold, really worth if you take the short stroll to the vantage point. I believe only in this limited time in spring they come to nest. They are noisy and many do fly by very close for you to catch their plumage...More

Thank Wolv3rin3
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

The view across Muriwai Beach and out towards the ocean are both beautiful and on a sunny day, there is nothing better. The walk to the colony is very easy and from the viewing platforms you can see and experience the gannets up close. If...More

Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Great beach with a nice long walk and the Gannet colony to see. Road is easy to follow with minimal traffic.

Thank Tiaan S
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The birds to me were the main attraction (obvious?)lol It was incredible watching them in that that beautiful set up. The beach is clean and the black sand + the birds makes it unique. The are a few lookout points and it's worth checking them...More

Thank Carolina G
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Tips when visiting the Muriwai Gannet Colony: 1. Plan ahead and go on a good day so you get the best views of the birds. 2. There's a little walk before reaching the viewing decks. On a rainy day, this can get a little bit...More

Thank Violetology
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Went here to photograph the gannet colony and wasn't disappointed. To get good shots of the gannets you'll need at least a 300mm lens; bigger if you want some close ups. The birds are nesting at the moment so they are static on the ground...More

Thank Parkhill2
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Andrea M
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Response from Jake H | Reviewed this property |
In case you missed the other 387 answers, nope, there is no fee :)
15 November 2016|
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Response from Felix_the_parrot | Reviewed this property |
You have to walk about 150 meters from the car park but you can push a wheel chair there