MURIWAI BEACH TAKAPU GANNET COLONY
This is a world-famous Auckland sightseeing attraction!
Just 45 mins West of Auckland City.
It is one of the very few places in the world where the Takapu (gannet) nest on the mainland at Muriwai Beach.
Tide and wind direction ‘right’, you may even see the Muriwai blowhole in action too!
This is a very interesting page to look at…there are videos of the gannet diving! http://www.math.auckland.ac.nz/~hafner/gannets/
Coast to Coast Tours is an Auckland Council Approved Operator which is legally approved to take tourists to specified parks. Every commercial tour operator which visit Regional parks has to pay a fee. We have to pay to visit the Muriwai and Waitakere parks, (the cost of this is included in the price of your tour). This is a way in which the Auckland Regional Council can monitor the amount of people using these natural areas. Unfortunately, this registration to become an Approved Operator tends to be abused (even by large companies with “awards”!), so please check that the tour provider you choose is a current and Approved Operator! Should you book with an illegal operator, then you are only supporting them! You can DO A CHECK HERE
At the Muriwai colony you have a gentle walk out to sea-bird colony viewing decks
…where you almost feel like you could reach out and touch the gannets as they hover overhead.
Note our difference: Coast to Coast Tours gives a GUIDED walk out to the colony!