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Gannet Colony

Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Hastings
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Hastings, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Nature, nature, nature. Gorgeous beach ride on a sleigh pulled by a tractor. Very interesting and informative talk by our guide and enough time to see and appreciate the gannets in their preserve without disturbing them.

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New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Me and my friends we went to Cape Kidnappers on 12th September 2014. The weather was beautiful and we started at 10:30. Recommended time for start is no sooner than 3 hours after high tide, which was that day at 7:22 (according to http://www.tides4fishing.com/nz/hawkes-bay/cape-kidnappers). We had to wait 30 min, till it was possible to go on the beach with... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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