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Cape Kidnappers

Address: New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We took the tractor ride and found it definitely worth it. The rocky beach is wonderful and, at the end of a 20-min climb, you reach the main gannet colony. These birds are truly amazing! You walk right up to the colony to see them, but bring binoculars if you also want to look for other wildlife - we could... More 

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Raglan, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We walked from Clifton to the Plateau colony. If you ever studied geography at high school and had a teacher as passionate as I did about the formation of the three rocks we call NZ you'll love the walk along the beach. The walk was spoiled a little by idiots on quad bikes. You're unlikely to have the same problem... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
81 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This tour combines great fun with amazing wildlife encounters. The tractor ride along the tide is a hoot and saves your energy for the 30 minute assent up the bluff to the gannet colony. The narration is excellent and the cost reasonable. The gannets in summer are a special sight. The best attraction in Hawke's Bay.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is certainly a must see if you are in the area. Five of us went along for the safari and a beautiful day of hiking, touring, a picnic lunch, and humor. Our tractor driver (Brian) was fantastic and truly made the day and the trip in and out loads of fun.

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Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The reviews here seem confusing because some of them are about doing your own trip to Cape Kidnappers and some are about the Gannet Safari, which is a guided tour. It sounds as though the people doing it on their own have a difficult time getting to Cape Kidnappers....I don't know. What I do know is that we went on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
40 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Just incredible! What more can I say?! We took this tour directly from our cruise ship docked in Napier & headed out over the gorgeous hills to Cape Kidnappers. Our bus driver & guide was fantastic...he really knew his stuff & was enthusiastic about it. The scenery was spectacular, from the road through the pine forests, the working sheep farms... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Booked in advance from Aussie and took my Mum who had this tour on her wish list. Went on the tractor/trailer tour which was heaps of fun, beautiful scenery and an informative and enthusiastic driver made for an awesome day, we would highly recommend.

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New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

For an great afternoon adventure a visit to the Cape is a great way to finish a day. Take some food and enjoy the tractor / trailer ride along the coast to the drop off point. Have a bite to eat and head up to the top to see the Gannets. Great trip

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Hastings, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Although one can go by tractor trailer (for a cost), for free you can do the approx. 8.5km walk from Clifton Camp. Will cost $1 to go through the camp to the nearest car park. It's worth it as it's less walking & you can use the camp toilets, showers etc. There is a shop at the camp & a... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Spectacular scenery, enjoyed the tractor and trailer trip to see the Gannet colony. Not to be missed.

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