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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank siobelita
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank info651
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 week ago 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 Zaharah B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank val g
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Went here during a recent stay in Auckland. Traveled out here and watched sunset then set up for some night photography at the end of one of the walkways looking out to sea and above the colonies of birds. The Milky Way was visible very...More

Thank blurryshooter
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I went to Muriwai Beach with my family, son, daughter in law, 6 year old granddaughter and 3 year old grandson. Th e Beach was spectacular, and the black sand a revelation. Fascinating. The 3 year old spent hours digging in the sand and running...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Sunday morning stroll. Take your camera this was, my first visit and if you love people watching bird watching and love the ocean its the place to be. Good walking shoes or don't do heels. Steps are involved so just take it easy gets busy...More

Thank Maria P
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Love this place. Not far from Auckland. Gannett colony is interesting to watch. Walk along the surf beach. Great place to sit up the top of the hill with magnificent views and have a picnic lunch. Swimming great too!. This is one of the best...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 :)
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.