Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

There are many gannet colonies in New Zealand but the one at Muriwai Beach about 30 minutes drive from Auckland is the easiest to view. The adult birds hatch their young in spring and by autumn the chicks grow in size and they fly 8 to 14 days to Australia to feed. They eventually return in two to three years to breed in New Zealand. Adult birds usually remain in New Zealand.

(see Seal Colony at Kaikoura)