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Muriwai Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach

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Witness a remarkable spectacle of the world of birds at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Around 1,200 pairs of gannets flock to this seasonal breeding place for these magnificent seabirds, offering fantastic photographic opportunities for visitors along this wild stretch of coastland. The nests lie just a few centimeters away from one another on the rocks jutting out into the waters, bringing a sense of the chaotic wonder of the natural world. Walk the numerous routes along the rocky coastline for more views of the coast and to enjoy the fresh sea air. Before you head to Muriwai Beach, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Muriwai Beach road trip app, to make sure you see all that Muriwai Beach has to offer, including Muriwai Gannet Colony.
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  • Able to get very close to the colony without distrusting the colony. Great opportunity for photos of the gannets and pacific gulls. Lots of chick's and developing young. Good views over the nearby... 
    Able to get very close to the colony without distrusting the colony. Great opportunity for photos of the gannets and pacific gulls. Lots of chick's and developing young. Good views over the nearby...  more »
  • Absolutely wonderful to visit these amazing birds to view them up close but without disturbing them. This colony of gannets is located about 40 minutes from Auckland and is a "must" for nature... 
    Absolutely wonderful to visit these amazing birds to view them up close but without disturbing them. This colony of gannets is located about 40 minutes from Auckland and is a "must" for nature...  more »
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  • Love our Auckland's west coach beaches. Muriwai beach is a great spot for taking photos. Not many gannets left at the moment (May). Most of the gannets took off to Australia, but will be back. It's also great to watch the surf and surfers. I'll be back ❤
  • One of my favourite places to go in Auckland. Great drive out there and magnificent views and such a cool place to spend time watching the gannets. Plenty of parking and the tracks are in great condition. I also love watching the sun set and enjoying a picnic dinner whilst there.

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