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Gannet Beach Adventures

#1 of 3 things to do in Clifton Features Animals
475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0898
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Marvellous Murray on his bright orange tractor

Would thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone! Have been coming to Hawkes Bay for over 12 years... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2017
555travelight
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Hamilton, New Zealand
The end of the season

Apparently most of the young have flown away by this time of the year but there were still a few... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2017
Esther A
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Australia
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“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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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
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+64 6-875 0898

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Reviewed April 10, 2017

Would thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone! Have been coming to Hawkes Bay for over 12 years and never took this trip until I moved here. Its a great way to spend a morning being entertained, getting to see the Gannets and learn about the...More

Thank 555travelight
Reviewed April 6, 2017

Apparently most of the young have flown away by this time of the year but there were still a few young and many adult birds left. The guides (tractor drivers) were very knowledgable about the gannets and the local geology and stopped to point out...More

Thank Esther A
Reviewed March 30, 2017

We would not have chosen this outing unless our host had suggested it, and we are grateful to him. The beach ride is most enjoyable, especially the bumps and splashes. Murray, tractor driver and educator, was informative as well as entertaining. We learned a little...More

Thank njjc
Reviewed March 27, 2017 via mobile

Had a awesome trip up the beach on the tractors with the family. Highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting the hawkes bay . The guys were very informative and a great laugh . Thanks

Thank kaptin
Reviewed March 24, 2017

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....More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed March 20, 2017

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...More

Thank w00dy32
Reviewed March 10, 2017

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...More

Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed March 7, 2017 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...More

Thank redsgothenburg
Reviewed March 5, 2017

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...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed March 5, 2017

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...More

Thank David W
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Melissa G
January 23, 2017|
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Response from Gannetgirl | Property representative |
Hi - thanks for your question. The walk to the top colony is optional - we have a colony of gannets located on the beach so you don't miss out on seeing the birds if you can't or don't wish to do the walk. The tractors... More
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