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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Clifton, New Zealand

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Beautiful birds

It was a long drive to the location. but what we got to see was a beautiful gannet colony. It was stinking due to the poo but you can't do anything about it.. Its their house. LOL

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

It was a long drive to the location. but what we got to see was a beautiful gannet colony. It was stinking due to the poo but you can't do anything about it.. Its their house. LOL

Thank PayaniLoks
Tonsberg, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Watching the birds and had the story from our local guide was very impressing and spectacular. Highly recommended!

Thank hannepanneno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

We accessed the DOC gannet colony at Kidnappers Cape by using the Gannet Adventures open top tractor tour. The colony is accessed by a steep uphill walk onto the cliff top. Depending on the timing of your visit you will be able to observe adult and fledgling gannets at close quarters. Just check the available information to discover how many... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

A day of adventure on a tractor driven dray. Dashing into the sea, learning about the rock formation, a testing walk up a hill, even a swim if you want, not suitable for very small children or the infirm, but enjoyable for everyone else. The gannets are amazing.

Thank Robinn
Sarasota, Florida
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Even if you are in Auckland for a day, don't miss the Gannet Nesting Colony! There are times of the year when it is emptier, and times when there are more birds. Some birds (old and single) remain year round, but even in April we were able to see lots of young birds strengthening their wings, the mating dance, and... More 

Thank Dobergirl2
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Thanks to David, our coach driver, the 4 hour trip was worth every cent. Very informative, and the drive up to the Colony spectacular. Fantastic to get so close to the Gannets and their fledglings who were trying desperately to take off.

Thank Anne A
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Cape Kidnapper Gannet Colony – Gannet Safaris Overland ($75pp booked direct) The interesting Gannet colony visit was approx an hour, (it was an interesting 45 minute drive from the tour office to get there) – approx half way to Cape Kidnappers is a $2.5 Million vermin proof fence running across the peninsula allowing kiwi’s to be introduced to the area.... More 

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

We took the tractor ride along the beach. Was excellent! The guides couldn't of been better. You get to learn the history of the land, some geology, bit about earthquakes and get to visibly see some fault lines in the cliffs along the way. Then you will learn the history and habitat of the Gannetts. All the while getting treated... More 

Thank Brett H
Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

The view of the beach is amazing it goes for so long and the birds are cool to watch but it smells. Come here for the afternoon it s lush

Thank Melchior O
Mosman, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Absolutely fascinating to be able to be alongside a colony of gannets said to number about 24,000. And this does not include the chicks which must number some 12,000 as each gannet pair only lay one egg. These chicks, which are initially fluffy white, then predominantly grey will fly the roost when about 4 months old. Flying the roost means... More 

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