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Gannet Colony

Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Hastings
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

There are three ways to go and see the gannets. You can walk 8.5 km along the beach, then climb for 20 minutes or so to the colony but you must do this at the appropriate tide times. You can take a tractor trailer ride along the beach which is a four hour trip - this one also requires that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A very lovely and enjoyable tractor ride! It was amazing to see thousands of gannets on the top of cape kidnappers. Very proud of how both DOC and private organizations and individuals protect our native birds!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Firstly, there's only one REAL way to visit the gannets, and that's to go with the Gannet Beach Adventures team on a tractor and trailer out to the colony. (See: http://www.gannets.com/ ) When I was younger, my father used to drive one of the tractors in the summertime. It's dependent on the tides, so check ahead, pack a picnic lunch,... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Went out in the overland bus that does Gannet Safaris and took a couple visiting from England. They absolutely enjoyed the bus trip over the hills and the views. Given a cuppa on arrival. Would recommend to everyone. Even saw where the Golf course was that is the best around

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We as an older couple paid out $42 and climbed on the trailer, all credit to the tractor driver as he negotiated the beach, rocks and water. Do wear warm clothing. At several stops along the way we had the geology of the area and earthquake faults explained, The walk up to the gannet colony isn't too tough and there... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Is a must visit to see the Gannet colony and a great place to have a walk and see mother nature at its best. Bring plenty to drink and comfortable walking shoe. Visit is subjective to the tide of the sea.

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

we had a great afternoon with Colin our guide lots of information along the way. The walk is not easy up to the gannetts but if you pace yourself you will enjoy what's at the top and it certainly is worth the effort . It gets a bit cool on the way back so pack a nice warm top.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We loved our walk along the beach. You do need to look up the tides and start walking as the tide is lowering. The walk up the hill to the colony is well rewarded by gannets (and babies in February). So lucky to be able to visit these birds.

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Hong Kong, China
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3,211 reviews 3,211 reviews
1,952 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We recently visited Hawkes Bay and went out to Cape Kidnappers to see the resident colony of gannets. Unfortunately, weather was very poor so we were unable to participate in the scheduled tractor ride out to colony on the day. However, we did manage to find and spot some individual and a few small flocks of gannets fishing off the... More 

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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A good option to the Cape for those who prefer a little more comfort. Gannet Safaris are very good at what they do. Very informative as you travel through the farm - we struck a very windy day which added to the occasion - not a lot of gannets at this time of year as they are just arriving to... More 

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