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Gannet Beach Adventures

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Address: 475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-875 0898
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get...

“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get towed along the beach by a 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor to a bird colony?” Established in 1952, Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. This unique, fun eco-experience tour involves travel with local experienced guides by vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. Departing on the days’ low tide, visitors travel by tractor and trailer along the majestically rugged coastline. Photographic opportunities abound as stops are made throughout the journey giving visitors an insight into how nature’s forces have shaped this amazing area.

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The senior traveller from Japan must have done a trip on another planet. This adventure is worth every dollar and is something not to miss if you are in Napier. The whole trip was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Squeakyman
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Bournemouth
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Bournemouth
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53 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The senior traveller from Japan must have done a trip on another planet. This adventure is worth every dollar and is something not to miss if you are in Napier. The whole trip was so enjoyable and just fun to do. You will learn more about earthquakes and fault lines than from any book and have fun doing so.Highly recommended... More 

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow. What can I say about the Gannet Beach Adventure tour? I was quite hesitant in booking this tour due to the 4 hour duration as I was taking my two children with me (ages 9 and 6) and I thought they would get bored. Well, not at all. As soon as the tractors pulled up outside the office, we... More 

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Thank Lesley Y
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your detailed review Lesley. Our apologies that your initial day was disrupted but we are so pleased that you came back and gave us another chance! Unfortunately Mother Nature does like to show us who is the boss every now and then. Great to hear you all enjoyed the day and that your children weren't bored... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely outing with great tour company. Took 2 hour return by tractor on scenic journey where we learned lots of geology about the cliffs surrounding Cape Kidnappers then spent about an hour or so exploring gannet colony and having a quick swim. Great value and would highly recommend.

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Thank Nicole S
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Nicole, for your great review and recommendation! Appreciate your comments. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Tokyo, Japan
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58 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guy, Ian, driving the tractor intentional hit (thinking it would make a fun ride) two potholes throwing me against the side boards. My ribs will probably hurt for two weeks. There were some very young children on board. This is not safe. Ian should look for another line of work like demolition derby. On top of it, some rocks... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A terrific morning going along the beach by tractor with a very informative guide. Highly recommend.

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Thank Deb C
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Deb, and for your recommendation! Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a great couple of hours getting a simple geology lesson about the region, and the life of a gannet. The tractor and trailer was a Great way to travel and awesome views all the way. If you want to do the walk to the gannet colony head the advice re sturdy footwear or ankles beware! Thanks to our driver... More 

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Thank FamilyChisholm
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Chisholm family! So pleased you enjoyed your time with us and the different aspects of the tour. And yes, sturdy footwear is always recommended!! Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seeing the Gannets was something I had put on my list quite a while ago, but as so often proves to be the case: what is closest to you does not get the attention it deserves. This activity is ruled by the tides, so we ended up booking a 5 pm tour. Right from the very start, it gave us... More 

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Thank charlotteofvarlet
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Love your review - thanks so much! Yes, our drivers/guides are lucky - I reckon they have one of the best "offices" in which to work ... well, on a good day that is! Thank you for the positive comments regarding our staff and trust that they will be passed on. I agree - the late afternoon/evening trips are generally... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a fabulous time on this adventure from being picked up in Napier by Colin until my return drop off by his lovely wife Kim. It was a very hot day, 33 degrees, but nothing stressed these people to ensure everyone had a fun time. I was lucky to get on the trailer pulled behind Colin's tractor. It was... More 

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Thank Helen A
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you Helen! We really appreciate your lovely comments, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the day (yes, it was hot!!) and the different aspects to the tour. Pleasure to meet you and thank so much again for taking the time to review us! Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great afternoon travelling down the beach with those tractors! Would do it again anytime! Also learned a lot about the cape on the trip. Our driver knew all the stories. It was great fun!

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Thank Joerg B
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Joerg for your review - so pleased that you enjoyed our tractors and to see that you would come again (hopefully by then our drivers may have some new stories and jokes!!). Thanks for taking the time to review. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

South Africa
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed climbing onto the trailer hooked onto the tractor for our afternoon's bird adventure. The driver, can't remember his name, was informative on the history of the area, as well as good knowledge of the birds. You would enjoy the trip even if you aren't mad on birds, as that was only part of the trip. We did... More 

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Thank Muggins01
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Great to read your review - appreciate that you pointed out that the tour is "more than the birds" as that is something that people aren't always aware of. And wonderful that you enjoyed the walk - we think it's not too bad and the reward of the view at the end is more than worth it!! Thanks again for... More 

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