Only about an hour west of Auckland (not too far from Piha) is Muriwai Beach with its gannet colony.
About 1200 pairs of gannets nest at Muriwai Beach from August to March before flying over to Australia. The birds have only one life partner, and although they spend the winter apart from each other they return to this spot to find each other again each year. Naaaaaaw. ❤️
Apart from bird watching, Muriwai also offers some stunning landscapes and beaches with VERY black sand! The water is very rough and it’s quite windy (which is why the gannets love it so much), and you get to see some crazy waves when you’re there. Ideal for surfing, but be careful when you swim!
It’s definitely worth a visit. ☺️