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Gannet Beach Adventures

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Address: 475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
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+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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Great trip! A must do adventure!

It was a gray drizzly morning as we loaded onto the trailer to begin our trip to see the Gannet colonies at Cape Kidnapper. Our tractor driver Murray shared safety tips and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sarah B

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a gray drizzly morning as we loaded onto the trailer to begin our trip to see the Gannet colonies at Cape Kidnapper. Our tractor driver Murray shared safety tips and "warnings" about holding on and the possibility of feet/shoes getting wet at times. The weather did not cooperate as all of us on the trip had hoped as... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What great value for money. 4 hours in total, 2 and a half of that spent on a cart being towed by a tractor, sea view on one side and magnificent cliffs on the other. Lots of information from our guide Murray on the geology and history of the area. Who knew that the formation of peat could be so... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jumping on board of one of the tractors of Gannet Beach Adventures makes it incredibly easy to reach the huge gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. What a wildlife show! Plus along the way we were surprised by the amount of unique geological features that we got to discover thanks to our guide Colin. Well worth the few dollars spent!

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Fort William, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This proved an excellent way to gain access to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. It is a 4 hour trip in total with 90 minutes to yourself at the Cape to walk up from beach level to the colony. A tractor may not be the most comfortable mode of transport but the trailer had padded bench seats, no backs.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment our guide Ian picked us up on the tractor we knew we were in for a great afternoon. His commentary was informative and fun and showed his passion for the a area. The tractor ride was sooo fun and we learnt a lot about the area and its history. The hike to the gannet colony was challenging... More 

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Thank Kim C
Salt Spring Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't believe they actually let these people do this. It's like being on a hay ride along a rocky beach, under towering cliffs, and ti takes you to within a few feet of a huge colony of gannets. In almost any other country, worry-warts would have outlawed it because of public safety (rocks night fall off the cliffs), environmental... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Superb scenery and guides geology of the cliffs is fascinating and views are exhilarating ...not to be missed when you come to HB

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This 4 hour adventure was one of the highlights of our North Island trip. Amazing close-up views of the cliffs and the gannets. Plus fun to ride on the tractor. There is no shade from the sun, so hats, sunnies and sunscreen is important. We saw lots of others seabirds plus a fur seal. The crew were great. Half the... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the 4th year in a row we did the Seaweek trip to Cape Kidnappers (the usual tractor trip with stops to pick up any rubbish on the way). Also as usual the trip was great - if you go on the tractor/trailer trip to the Cape just remember to leave your dignity at home. It's essentially NZ sitting on... More 

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old tractors and trailers were an interesting way to be transported along the ‘beach’ – not a soft sandy one but one strewn with boulders and rock fall so the ride was pretty bumpy in places and wet in others as the tractors had to drive through the surf to get us past an outcrop. We learnt about the... More 

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