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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
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Wonderful trip to the Gannets

Visiting the gannets is more than just a trip to see some birds. First of all, getting there is half the fun. For the very hardy, walking along the beach between tides is an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visiting the gannets is more than just a trip to see some birds. First of all, getting there is half the fun. For the very hardy, walking along the beach between tides is an option, and for the very unadventurous, there is an overland bus trip that takes all the fun out of it. But for everyone else, the way... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

In winter, there a only a handful of gannets, but it is still an awesome spot. The gannets fly away in winter. The positive is that there is not so much bird poo! It is always a great feeling to be on a peninsular with the sea on both sides. A fresh breeze and a beautiful sunny Hawkes Bay winter... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

A true sanctuary. Old worldly area. Well worth the drive, a rear view of Ganets in their own safe enviroment

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Stromstad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

While some people decide to leg it, we opted for the tractor tour offered by Gannet Beach Adventures (http://www.gannets.com/). Depending on the tide you will have to plan which day to go. We settled for an early morning ride on a gorgeous sunny day. The starting point of the tour is just next to the camping site where we had... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were disappointed the beach tractor was fully booked. There had also been a landslip so tractor could only go part of the way. The overland safari bus is to be found on the right hand side en-route to the Cape Kidnappers. Dave, our driver gave a very informed commentary on flora and fauna on the way to the top... More 

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Clive, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

No matter how you decide to see the gannets, it is without question one of the best things to do in Hawke's Bay and if you come to Hawke's Bay it should be a must-do.

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Toronto, Canada
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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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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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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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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Hastings

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