Muriwai beach is about an hour's drive northwest of Auckland city. A beautiful beach that stretches north seemingly forever, it's a popular fishing spot and made especially famous for its gannet colony.
At the main carpark it's a short walk over the rocks and left up the hill to the gannet colony, you hear the birds well before you see them.
Thousands (it looks like thousands....) of birds huddle closely together in nests on the rocks from August to March each year. It's pretty impressive seeing them fly around against the westerly winds and land perfectly on their spot. This place is cool even if you are not a bird watcher. There are several viewing spots to get photos from all angles.
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Great views! Black beach is beautiful!
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Very nice place with a lot of birds and beautiful sunset. The point of view from the stairs is really nice especially when there is nobody on the beach.
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Super sweet beach, nice for a little climb and spotting some wildlife.
Beautiful beach with black sand. If you go up the stairs you can watch a colony of gannets and some are pretty close! Watch them fly, eat, cuddle, fight..... that is very nice.
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lovely view, beautiful coast
Just a beautiful place!!
Feel like David Attenborough for free. You can get reasonably close and they are fascinating to watch. It's at the end of a beach with black sand. Well worth making a detour out to Muriwai and spending a few days on the west coast of Auckland, but whatever you do, don't miss the gannet colony.
It felt like hours went by as I watched the close quarter routines of these amazing birds. Really worth a look.
Fascinating, beautiful, and free!! Close up viewing in a magical wild location What more could you ask for
Up close and personal with a beautiful natural wonder. If you are there between November and January you will see newly hatched chicks. Very cool..