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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand

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A magic hour observing a gannet colony

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Stromstad, Sweden
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Stromstad, Sweden
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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Dunedin, New Zealand
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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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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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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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