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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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We visited after recent rain and quite late in the breeding season (12th March). There were still plenty of birds and plenty of young ones. We were surprised how close you can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited after recent rain and quite late in the breeding season (12th March). There were still plenty of birds and plenty of young ones. We were surprised how close you can get to them and how spectacular the scenery is around the area. The rain had made some of the local waterfalls run which was an added bonus.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A scenic and short drive out in the country from Auckland. The Gannet Colony is really quite amazing and FREE. The colonies are a short walk from the car park and the views are spectacular. An interesting trip for all nature lovers with breathtaking views of the shoreline. Very worthwhile.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a windy summer's day. What a glorious display. The colony was full and there was so much to see. Well worth the drive.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in to birds and/or photography then this place is for you. Gannets all over the place flying by closely and nesting. Highly recommended. Even if you're not into birds, the views are pretty amazing.

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Thank Mark P
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place I take any visitor to Auckland who has a full day spare. It takes at least half a day. Everyone enjoys it. The birds are magnficent and their behaviour fascinting. The scenery is spectacular. I go again and again and watch for 30- 60 minutes. It is good in any weather, but on hot, still days... More 

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Marcoola, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to Muriwai beach looking to go for a swim but when we got there, our plans changed ... it turns out there is a Gannet Colony there so we went to have a look. Thousands of Gannets of all sizes are roosting on the rock ledges and outcrops and gliding on the updrafts ... great for taking photographs.... More 

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Queenstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had only a short time in Auckland and rather than get bogged down in the morning commute, the guide suggested we take a short drive out here. On the west coast of the North Island, across from Auckland this provided a different view of the area. Large cliffs and black sand beaches. Very cold west wind blowing, but the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very accessible from the car park- great views from every vantage point! The gannets were amazing - so close the the viewing platforms, noisy, busy, a flurry of activity by birds at different stages of life - just wonderful!!

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Thank Heather B
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If nature isn't your thing you probebly won't like this but it's pretty cool to see so many birds just hanging about. (The smell you must forgive and it only happens close to the rocks). The views are phenomenal too - go at sunset to see the birds take flight.

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Thank Heather M
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Black sand beach and just a short walk to the Gannet Colony. Does have a smell, however it is a must see.

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