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Gannet Colony

Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Hastings
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Cape Kidnappers is the sight of the world's largest mainland gannet colony.  There are numerous tours that will take you to see the colony. There are... more »
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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Whether you decide to go overland or on the tractors along the beach, you'll enjoy a unique experience and some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. Over and under steep cliffs plunging in wide blue seas, amazing colours. Everywhere you look is a postcard. Quick tip: keep the wind in your back when approaching the colony!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Very interesting and fascinating to see the thousands of gannets but rather smelly! Coach driver full of fascinating information on NZconservation. beautiful cliff views over blue blue sea.

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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277 reviews 277 reviews
126 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We went to see the colony with Gannet Beach Adventures and very much enjoyed the trip- see a separate Tripadvisor entry. The colony is in a number of locations, on the cliff top where you are very close to the birds, on a distant promontory and in some isolated spots on rocks and cliffs close to the water line. If... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Visiting the special gannets, the australasian boobies, is a super treat. The scenery along the beach is great and includes vistas across the water and close ups of the cliffs. The gannets have a life cycle that is only understandable in Dariwiian terms. We took the tractor ride. The drivers are excellent naturalists and provide lots of hoots while pulling... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Took trackter ride on the Beach , lots of fun and very informative.. Have to walk up cape to see Gannets and it's steep. A bit long at 4 hours they could have gotten us back faster and cut the trip by 1/2 hour.

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Highly recommend this tour, the views are great. i went over land for the fab views, to see all those gannet's was amazing,took great photo's {not uploaded yet} well worth the money.

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Davis, California
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36 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Highly recommend this tour. I had wonderful experience from this trip. You can view these remarkable birds within a few feet and the bay view is fantastic. Note: There are only three gannet species: Northern Gannet (North Atlantic), Cape Gannet (South Africa) and Australian Gannet, which can be found on islands and the coast of New Zealand, Victoria and Tasmania... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Took a couple of out of town friends to see the gannets. Now don't get me wrong its was interesting to see the birds but at the end of the days they really are just a bunch of sea gulls. I found the tractor ride and views of the cliffs to be the best part. Would I do it again?... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Well worth making your way down here. The tracks to the bay to see the gannets is easy to walk on and leads to a 'balcony' overlooking where the birds are nesting. There are thousands and you could spend ages just watching their antics.

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an amazing day trip. Especially if you travel along the beach on the tractors to the colony, so much fun and beautiful scenery, well worth visiting .

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