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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Hastings, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800426638
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Gannets up close & personal @ Cape Kidnappers

Were we ever surprised when we drove up the hill and saw the Gannet colony just steps away from our 4WD Overland tour bus. Our expectations were to view them through our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
travelbug46
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Oregon
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Were we ever surprised when we drove up the hill and saw the Gannet colony just steps away from our 4WD Overland tour bus. Our expectations were to view them through our binoculars on cliffs below in the distance. It was so wonderful to watch these extraordinary birds "chatter", care for their young, and swoop through their colony. Graham, our... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there in sunny day. They have got us in heaven. There was a lot of natures we can feel it, was awesome.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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261 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked there via Clifton. Did the beach walk ending up at the colony. The beach walk was beautiful and there were many walkers, a few bike and lots of 4 wheels. The colony is interesting and when we visited the chicks were quite big. A very large number of birds around. Never saw a Gannet before so was happy to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tractor takes you from the beach head at Clifton, Havelock North and drive for an hour along the beach with tide all around then walk 30 mins, easy, to the colony where you get to within a few feet, superb

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Thank Karl A
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Kids enyoed it a lot .it was WANs nice sunny day .the place was really busy. The sounds of the birds was good

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We took the minibus 4 wheel drive option as tides were against us but feel this is probably the best option anyway, especially for folks of a certain age! Very knowledgeable driver who worked on the station at Cape Kidnappers and provides all sorts of local information you would normally miss. It's a hairy drive at times and the colony... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

There are three different ways of visiting this colony but two are dependent on the tides. We took the coach tour which runs twice a day. We set out at 9:30 and the drive to the colony was quite spectacular and informative. The driver gives you a history of the area and the views are lovely. When you get to... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Had a friend over from Australia and we decided to walk out to the Gannets. We struck a lovely day and the tides were right for a mid morning start with a return by a reasonable time in the afternoon. One required a reasonable level of fitness as the climb from the beach to the birds can be a bit... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

There are three ways to see the gannets. 1 overland tour, where you take a four wheel drive vehicle and stop very close to the gannets at the top of the cliff. 2 beach tractor ride. You are taken along the beach at low tide to the foot of the cliff, where you walk up a steep path to the... More 

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Waikanae, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Awesome experience to get some great photos of super up close to these interesting birds that nest on cape kidnappers peninsula.

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