Here is an incredible scenic attraction right under my nose. In all the time I have lived in NZ I had not been to the Gannet Colony and finally did the tour in November 2011. We went with Gannet Safaris, a bus trip which leave from a nearby location and travels onto privately owned property ( Cape Kidnappers) to reach the colony. There is an alternative trip via tractor and trailer which follows the tideline along the coast and then travellers have to climb up the hillside to see the gannets. With the bus tour you step off the bus in a flat paddock about a metre from the colony. It is amazing. The birds in the thousands wheel and dive all round you. The chicks can been seen in nests and the sights looking out to sea with the sharp rock pinnacles and the vast grassed paddocks is extraordinary.
Every tourist ( and local) should go there.
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