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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

From the monent we arrived my door was opened for me, there was a lovely option of drinks in main area so i had bubbles and some nuts. I highly recommend walking down the lawn and sit on the seat the view is amazing on sunset we loved it.
The room is decorated beautiful we had chanpagne awaiting and theres beautiful scented candles.
One night we cane home from dinner to rose petsls on the bed and around the bath it was so thoughtful and romantic.
I highly recommend doing the personal kiwi tour it was the best thing i have ever done. We rung reception and the chef made us the most delish picnic boxes.
I dont play golf but i went along with him and drove the buggy the views from the golf course are simply stunning we had fun together i did go on a few ball hunting errands haha.
The meals are catered to you individually i am speechless re the food it was def 5 star! I dont eat red meat so they made chicken and seafood dishes..the only problem i had was i got full as i wish i could have eaten more.
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Def will be back

Thank poehlevanessa
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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

The property, accommodation, golf cource, service and food is out of this world.
The staff’s commitment and professionalism the 5 star experience we had.
They have a sommelier on staff that was able to describe, understand and match the food with the wine perfectly.
A place worth visiting.

Thank sebastianpT7438KW
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

We went on a guided tour and there were a lot of birds the day we went. There were a lot of teenage gannets that were almost ready to fly away and it was interesting to watch them trying to take off. Apparently once they become airborne, they have to fly to Australia. Not many of them make it back to this breeding ground. Be warned thought - the birds are a bit stinky!

1  Thank maureen_drew
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

My girlfriend and I were rather excited to head out to see the Gannet Colony at Cape Kidnappers. From a distance the Cape looks spectacular. This was the problem though, everything was from a distance. Following the GPS instructions it lead us to a Golf Course entrance with a private entrance. Looked up a review on TripAdvisor which actually said we needed to go to the motor camp at the end of the road.

The sign said it was a 9km walk to the Cape or there was a 4 hour tractor ride on offer. No thank you. So we proceeded to walk along the beach, which wasn't easy. We soon realised the tide was coming in. Our only option to go back or get washed away into the Pacific. I wonder if anyone has trying to get there?

Really disappointed as we believe there is a lot of potential here, a better walking trail. It appears they don't want tourists going there.

2  Thank allaboutstatus
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing tour ...great views..just great experience to see Gannets, beautiful landscape and beautiful rare birds

Thank AleksandraS1645
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

While we did not walk all the way to the Cape, we started walking from the Clifton Motor Camp at the start of the receding tide. Sometimes pebbles, sometimes sand, but the walk alongside the cliffs was stunning. Amazing geology, to see the different layers from thousands of years of changing environments and climates. It was a bit annoying sometimes to be passed by the many quad bikes, tractors, cars and motorcross bikes along the walk. But that is the price to pay when sharing such a beautiful location. Bring a bottle of water, as it can be very hot in summer.

1  Thank Peter T
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

A fabulous tour for people of all ages. Tourists are seated on trailors towed by tractors along the beach area to the gannet sanctuary. The tour guides are light hearted and entertaining while covering various points of interest. It takes about 4 hours and the departure times are restricted by the tides. If your are in this area this tour is highly recommended. We were there in early January.

Thank JamesMac2803
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Reviewed January 20, 2018

My boyfriend and I hiked along the beach to the gannet colony - it was around 12 miles total (there and back), mostly along pebbled/sandy beach, with a small amount of wading through water and scrabbling over low rocks.

We made sure we timed it so that we had adequate time to get there and back before the tide came in (the tide times are on the board there, and there are specific instructions to depart from Clifton to the Cape at least 3 hours after high tide
and returning from the Cape to Clifton no later than 1 hour 30 minutes after low tide.)

The chicks are there Nov to late Feb, so it's preferable to do it within those months.

We enjoy hiking and as it's mostly flat (other than the last 20 minutes up to see the main gannet colony at the end) it wasn't too difficult a walk. We did find that it was very exposed though, and got burnt despite plenty of sunscreen, so definitely worth bringing a hat and long sleeves.

The was some wading in the sea required (which we didn't realise and were wearing hiking trainers), but it was only ankle deep so nothing drastic.
Also worth being aware that the cliffs are very crumbly - we saw a big section fall right in front of us. So definitely avoid sheltering under the cliffs or resting there.

There's a smaller gannet colony a couple of miles from the main one, so if you were running short on time, you could still see gannets and turn back before the larger colony.

You can get really close to the gannets, incredible scenery too.
Definite must do!

2  Thank HoneyBadgerBex
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Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely had no regrets signing up at the eleventh hour for the gannet tractor ride with gannet beach adventures. The trip was amazing; well worth its price. Our guide Murray was not only informative, he was also entertaining. We will definitely be bringing friends on this lovely adventure every time we visit hawkes Bay. It is an experience not to be missed!

1  Thank Jason L
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Reviewed January 18, 2018 via mobile

We decided on taking the beach tractor trip rather than the overland trip or walking the 9km each way along the beach. Both the walk and the tractor trip are tied dependent and it is advisable to check the tides and to book in advance. The ride along the beach on the trailers pulled by vintage American tractors was interesting and entertaining. Our driver / guide stopped at various points along the way explaining the geology and points of interest. On arrival at the Cape there is a good picnic area and toilets. The walk from there to the peak and gannet colony is not easy, quite rough and very steep with big drops at the side. The colony is huge and it was really cool to view the birds up close - despite the smell! The tractor ride is a bit bumpy, sometimes wet and a bit sore on the bottom.

1  Thank neil1342014
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