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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Address: Muriwai Beach, New Zealand
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Amazing Views of Gannets, Surfers, and Waves

I love birds, but I believe anyone will love this place. The views are great. You can almost touch the birds. The signs are informative, and the steps are good exercise. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love birds, but I believe anyone will love this place. The views are great. You can almost touch the birds. The signs are informative, and the steps are good exercise. The earlier or the later in the day the better. Midday seems to be the most crowded.

Thank birderPa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tremendous to see the Gannets - th colony is very close & the flights I found the birds a delight. Hugely recommended.

Thank Matt C
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here at Muriwai beach about 2 years ago and then 1 year ago. All the time we've been on different tracks, paths, and even viewpoints! I like that I can see

Thank Linches1010
Corbera de Llobregat, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable that such a huge colony, so close to the walkway and just 45 Km out of Auckland, is not mentioned in most circuits in the North island

Thank homedelsac
Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gannet colony is just wonderful although extremely smelly! You can sit and watch them all day. There is easy access to a viewing platform where you are quite close to them. The sun sets right behind the colony so it makes for a stunning picture.

Thank tash247
Brisbane, Australia
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259 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove in to the Muriwai Beach car park along a narrow but sealed access road: there was space for perhaps 100 cars here plus picnic, toilet and changing room facilities. A short distance back up the road is a small cafe. Whilst not a great fan of black sand beaches, this one is quite stunning with lovely shoreline vistas... More 

Thank bobjanh
Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a marvellous day trip out onto the west Coast, near Auckland. We drove to Muriwai and after a short hike (wheel-chair accessible ) came upon a spectacular Gannett Colony, tucked into every nook and cranny of the cliff-side. The view was spectacular wether you looked south at the Colony of birds, west out to the ocean or north... More 

Thank Christine-Scooter
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This windswept coastline is pretty spectacular with rock formations, black sand beach(s), and the sight of thousands of ganets nesting. I'm not sure what time of year they nest (check before you go) - but the West Coast beaches are worth a sight-seeing visit anyway. Good spot for surfers, waves & undertow can be very dangerous so swim between the... More 

Thank Bernie M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is spectacular but do take a walk uphill and see the gannet colony. Wildlife in front of your eyes. You can hear and see the birds close up and the view from the top is amazing. Must see if you have time in auckland!

Thank Anniesg L
Keswick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a wonderful place for spectacular views of thousands of nesting gannets But be prepared for the smell as you approach UGH!

Thank nedrow5791

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