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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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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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You get pulled along in a trailer by a tractor which is loads of fun, so the kids really appreciate it (as well as the adults) and our driver had a bit of fun driving us over some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
kristinbaylis
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Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You get pulled along in a trailer by a tractor which is loads of fun, so the kids really appreciate it (as well as the adults) and our driver had a bit of fun driving us over some rocks and making the ride fun and full of laughter. When you arrive you walk about 20-30 mins depending on your fitness... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We visited in February, a hot sunny day as we boarded the trailers for the trek along the beach. The best way to travel! Great views of the sea and cliffs as the driver makes his way round the rocks and waves. Feet get a bit wet but that is all part of the experience. The driver stopped at times... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Everything people say about this wonderful e version is true, the amazing geology, the informative commentary, and the up close experience of the magnificent gannets. We were, however, left with a sour taste when outer driver made some unfortunate remarks to our German guests concerning the Syrian refugees. It was fortunate that their English was limited so they did not... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This is an exceptionally good value activity which lasted over three hours - about £20 a head. Because of the tides we joined the tour at Clifton before dawn. The transport along the beach sitting on an open topped trailer, pulled by a tractor is all part of the fun. The commentary provided by the driver about the geology of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Such a great way to see this area. This iconic attraction deserves a visit and the tractors just add to the experience. We had a wonderful day and the kids had so much fun in the tractors travelling along the beach. The walk to the gannets and view point at the top was worth the effort too. Such a scenic... More 

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

Thanks for your review and recommendation - sounds like you had a great family day out with us! Many thanks for taking the time to review us. Kind regards Kim Gannet beach Adv. More 

Tunbridge Wells
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

What a great trip along the beach, the tractor did us proud. Our guide Colin pointed out all the geology and fault lines along the beach, then a walk up to the summit to the Gannets, again a fantastic experience. The thing is though without Colin we would not have seen the 2m year old Whale Bone and Scallop fossils... More 

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

Thanks Andy for taking the time to review and rate us - so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us! Our thanks also to the team at Hooters for recommending us :-). Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This tour has to rate as one of the very best activities available in NZ. The day we when it was raining right up until we actually started this tour. While a little primative in transport this only adds to the fun.Getting stuck and bumpy rides makes this adventure all the more enjoyable to experience. We went with a group... More 

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Thank Warren162
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Warren - many thanks for your great review and rating of us! You have captured the tour in great detail - makes me want to book a seat! Please check out our new promotional video (on our website and facebook page), which we believe also shows the tour in it's full glory ... and has some amazing drone footage... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Great day out with grandkids, niece and her kids in spite of wet weather to start off! High seas and rocks to deal to added to the fun!

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

Thanks for the review Norma - yes, most of the fun is in the journey getting to and from the Cape, and that's what the kids will remember (and the "smelly gannets")! We hope to see them back one day with their own children/grandkids! Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv More 

Rangiora, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Great day out and value for money. Murray was an excellent guide and driver. He was knowledgeable about the geological formations of the area and of course, the gannets. Quite a steep walk to the gannets, but worth the view, however, if you are unable to do this, Murray got very close to the birds at another colony. Highlight of... More 

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

Thanks for your review Jude - so pleased that we were the highlight of your time here, high praise indeed! We often get a similar response from international travellers, some even telling us that our tour was the best thing they had done while in NZ! Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This experience is more than the gannets, which are such beautiful birds in their own right. The means of transport is unique, and exciting. Tractor drawn trailers, driven along the beach, sometimes through the surf. When you first look at where you are headed, one is in disbelief! The driver/guide knows what he is doing! And is thoroughly knowledgeable.You could... More 

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

Thanks for the great review, so pleased that you enjoyed the tour. Check out our new promotional video (on our website) which hopefully shows what you have pointed out above, and what we have always maintained as well - that there is more to us than just the gannets! Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

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