Ambassador Motor Inn Hamilton, 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.
Cruises depart daily from Pahia to see dolphins and sail through the hole in the rock at Piercy Island, after which a stop over at historic Russell Island before returning to Pahia. (see Whale Watch Kaikoura)