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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Amazing all year round

The gannets at Muriwai Beach are not just a visit once attraction. All through the year you can see the different aspects of the colony, from breeding through to nesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed watching the Gannets during their mating rituals and seeing all phases of birth of these beautiful birds. Added benefit of going to Murawai is walking on the black sand beach and seeing the surfers. Lots of great photographic opportunities. If you have time and you have a rental car easy drive or if not I guess you could take... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a cool spot for any nature enthusiast the colony is so close ( maybe hold your nose ) and you can see them all very clearly along all the rocks ,Its and easy enough walk to the top of the hill by the beach and there are amazing views all the way up and a few look out... More 

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

The gannets at Muriwai Beach are not just a visit once attraction. All through the year you can see the different aspects of the colony, from breeding through to nesting, hatching the cutest fluffy baby gannets, through to the babies learning to fly before their yearly journey. The walk to both of the Gannet lookout points is for all ages... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am lucky coz I been visiting this place at NOV..The cliffs were full of Gannets! Easy walk, Just 10 min walk from the parking. The view is stunning!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent over an hour just watching the birds come and go. Both sexes incubate the eggs so you can watch as they perform their 'changeover' rituals and carefully move the precious eggs. Such graceful fliers.

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Vientiane, Laos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's pretty amazing to see the beauty of nature in nz. The view of the muriwai sea from the top of the garnet colony is really breathtaking and will be unforgettable moment. Highly recommend this place to visit. Just about 40mn from auckland cbd

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see gannets nesting up-close in a beautiful surrounding.Only a one hour drive from Auckland, a short walking track will lead you to two viewing platforms. It's very windy, but the view of the birds nesting, the beach, the ocean, it's worth it.I'm amazed at how the gannets can nest in close proximity with each other and don't get... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not too hard to find but a bit of a climb up from the beach on a windy day. You can actually drive up the hill for a shorter walk. November is when the adult birds arrive en mass and occupy the best nesting spots. They even nest just a meter of so away from the fence so you are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Short walk on good track to viewing platforms that took you close to these large birds and their young. Great view north on black sand as far as you can see. Limited parking available

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Beautiful views and a nice walk. we got there after about a couple of hours on the beach and it was cold on the beach( we went in November.) This walk and view saved the day. we shared the scenery with very loud Asian tourists who were hoarding every photo location with complete disregard to who was standing there- but... More 

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