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Takapu Reserve

The Takapu Refuge is located at the southern end of Muriwai Beach.  It was established in 1979 by the then Auckland Regional Authority (now ARC) with the help of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. 

It is one of only three mainland breeding areas for gannets in the country.  About 1,200 pairs of adult Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) nest here each summer and can be seen between August and March each year.

Otakamiro Point and the offshore islands are also home to White Fronted Terns (Tara) and Blue Penguins.

The Takapu Refuge Walk leaves from the carpark at Maori Bay and leads out to the Gannet Colony, before descending to Muriwai Beach. 

A paper by Brenda Green published in Notornis, the Journal of the Ornithologcal Society of New Zealand in 1999 discusses the growth of the gannet population at Muriwai between 1975 and 1998. The colonies on Motutara Island, and the southern and northern colonies on Otakamiro Point increased from 28 pairs in 1975 to 1393 pairs in 1998.

The potential for future colony expansion on the northern cliff face, where human disturbance is highest, is discussed.  

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