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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Gannets, winds, amazing scenery

Such a cool place to visit, wild stormy seas, crazy winds and the delightful (though sometimes smelly) gannets.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I found myself at Murawai Beach few days ago and I surely didn't expect a great scenery of hundreds of noisy birds! The view of the coastline and all this fluffy cute birds it is really a thing! They are not afraid of all the tourists taking pictures and actually it looks like they are posing proudly for them! A... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Such a cool place to visit, wild stormy seas, crazy winds and the delightful (though sometimes smelly) gannets.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing. There were hundreds of fluffy chicks and you can get very close on the viewing platforms. There is a carpark and it's an easy 5 minute walk. This place is a must see.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was such an experience watching and hearing the gannets fly below you, seeing the very young in their downy white, the adolescents in black & white and the adults with yellow heads. The paths are well maintained and easy and the views are beautiful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not our first visit to NZ from the UK, and doubt it will be the last, as daughter and family live here. We've been to the gannet colony before, and live the place. Zillions of adults, some on egg, fledglings, all ages... We normally come January or February, and there are usually terns as well. None today! Beautiful setting. Love... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to visit the Ganets they are extremely smelly but so cute and they were all nesting with baby chicks it was fantastic to watch. So if you can stand the smell early January is the best time to go. We got lots of wonderful photos and videos of them doing their natural things. And bonus it's a free... More 

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beach and gannet colony at Muriwai are both beautiful and unspoiled by commercialism. My husband and I both use canes but we're still able to hike out to the viewing platforms where you get a closeup view of the birds and their babies. You are high above the beach so the view of the cliffs and ocean is great.... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've visited sea bird colonies on 4 continents. Muriwai is one of the most rewarding. It has remarkable viewing opportunities of truly remarkable birds. Delighted with the photos. And the gannets are not alone - there are white-fronted terns, red-billed gulls and black-backed gulls. All interacting

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can get so close to the birds! Great for photography. Also amazing views over the coast. It was very windy when we were there, but apparently the smell can be quite strong at times. Also saw lots of terns.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We're not David Attenborough, but we still appreciate nature. These birds were so close to the viewing platform. The chicks were still fluffy not having grown their flight feathers quite yet. The way they used the wind to hover on one spot was interesting, as was the volcanic sand. Worthwhile going to if you're in the area.

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