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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
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Being a biologist and nature lover, I couldn't wait to visit the gannet colony. It did not disappoint.The gannets were numerous and many were sitting on chicks. Even if you are not into birds, the beach and the scenery is stunning, We were glad we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 385lorik
Reviewed 4 days ago

Watching the Gannets returning to feed their chicks is a fascinating experience, and whilst there a Micro Glider was taking shots form above. Muriwai Surfing is amongst the best too !

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BryantheViking71
Reviewed 1 week ago

We (family of 4) visited the Gannet Colony in December 2018. My only wish - that we could have spent a couple of more hours there. Mind blowing - what was even better is that the gannet colony of birds could not be reached by...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sapp D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a famous gannet colony about an hours drive out of the Auckland CBD (depending on traffic). There are thousands of gannets nesting and resting in a very small section of the coastline so it’s a nature lovers paradise. Tip: get there early to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Didge432
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is just over an hour from Auckland in the car. Scenic drive. Bit of a walk up stairs to see the colony so bear that in mind if travelling with young kids or elderly. Once you are at the top the view is amazing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank foodtravellauren
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Driving down the hill towards the Murawai coast, you will come to a crossroads. Straight ahead the road is signposted as the entrance to Murawai Regional Park. That road leads to Murawai Beach; but for the best gannet viewing, take the road to the left...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank SouthSeasAmerican
Reviewed December 1, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank everlook_photography
Reviewed November 19, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed November 17, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank julsbalfour
Reviewed November 15, 2018 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!! 🐦🐣🕊🌊

Date of experience: November 2018
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Andrea M
May 11, 2017|
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Response from 964jakeh | Reviewed this property |
In case you missed the other 387 answers, nope, there is no fee :)
November 15, 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.