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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience to be had there. Good well sign posted walk, beautiful views, magical beach, good clean toilets in multiple locations, good coffee shop near beach. Could do with more bus parks though.

Thank agentall
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The black sand beach is great. Especially if you have a magnet. Try it and you’ll see why :) The waves are great to watch if the weather is a bit stormy. The gannet colony absolutely stinks but is definitely worth seeing. It’s a nice...More

1  Thank Jessisaw
Reviewed 28 August 2018

nothing fancy., small community., lots of space for self., well looked after.,close to piha ., tasman waters.,

Thank VibhorN8
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We spent over an hour here as there are a couple of different look outs where you can view the birds and the coastal views from. The smell is very strong but it didn't bother us as we came to see the birds and we...More

Thank Rhondalyn22
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Just amazing that these birds hunker down on this wild exposed rocky outcrop and are able to land, fly, mate, make nests and raise babies while we watch. Love visiting here between October and April to see the gannets

Thank Shona S
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Can be very windy!!!! Good parking, short walk to the colony and blowhole (hightide). Very nice view and interesting to see all these birds nesting. Worth a stop.

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Andrea M
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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.