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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 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

The beach was super beautiful matched with the black shining sands . Amazing place. People were reading, surfing and walking around there. Impressed me.

Thank jing l
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Visiting the Gannet Colony at Muriwai Beach and Maukatia Bay is an unforgettable experience. The perfect place to experience the West Coast's charmingly beautiful and rough character. The wildlife is stunning. The gannet colony is only one of 3 in New Zealand, and out of...More

1  Thank Tatjana_Pukeatua
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We came here mainly to see the black sand beach, but we stuck around and took some of the trails as well. The cliffs and trails were great and I was surprised how interesting it was to see the huge Gannet colony here. There were...More

Thank dr_j_now
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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