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Responsible travel: Auckland – Upper North Island road trip - DAY 1

Muriwai beach & the ocean going birds – gannets

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Muriwai Gannets Muriwai Gannets


  • Crowded gannet colony with raucous fledglings competing for attention
  • The gannets wheeling above the sky
  • The roar of the surf, driftwood strewn beach

Observe ocean gannets as they soar above their Muriwai beach nesting site. Discover,   up close and personal a breeding colony of gannets in Muriwai. Enjoy exploring Muriwai beach village and take a relaxed walk on the black iron sand beach. Remember to bring protection for your camera with wind blown particles can be a hazard.


Gannet colony is only occupied between September to February.

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