Guided tour

Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

4.8 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Gannet Safaris Overland

Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Gannet Safaris Overland
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From £47.90 per person

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Embark on a wildlife encounter to the world's largest mainland gannet colony perched above majestic cliffs. Be within meters of these magical birds, and learn about their fascinating ecology from your guide.

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Duration 3 - 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Your accommodation in Napier, Hastings or Havelock North


  • Discover the largest mainland gannet colony in the world
  • Travel with a knowledgeable and insightful driver/guide
  • Learn about local Maori legends and stories
  • View a predator proof reserve
  • Visit a native New Zealand forest
Full description
Discover Cape Kidnappers, the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Witness the 20,000 gannets at the cape which are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads, these amazing birds with their 6-foot wingspan (2 m) swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual. The birds can be seen from September to early April. In September they return from their winter escape to build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight in late April when they go off on their annual ritual to warmer climates. After being driven to the Cape in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 coach there will be absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. Along the way, take in the breathtaking scenery of the geological landscapes and remarkable nature that this part of the country has to offer. Visit a production forest, view a predator-proof reserve and be accompanied by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a knowledgeable and insightful commentary throughout the tour.
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Gannet Colony viewing and interaction
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Transfers to and from the local i-Sites in Napier, Hastings, and Havelock North (if option selected)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Gannet Safaris Overland Ltd, 396 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga 4172, New Zealand. Look for the Gannet Safaris sign on the side of the road.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • Walking is not required for this tour if you do not want to
  • Bring a jacket/jumper in case it gets windy or a bit chilly.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 39 reviews

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Gorgeous, definitely a must do if you are nearby and are a nature lover. The guide takes care of us. After an hour of bus where the landscape is magnificent and where we are told the stories of the area, we arrive in front of the colony. Thousands of northern gannets are there and we can observe them. A small hot drink is served to us.

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2 March 2020

29 March 2022

Fabulous morning. An incredibly knowledgeable tour guide that went above n beyond. A wealth of knowledge of the area, history n farm land in the area, plus a long History with the Gannets n how they have developed n been nurtured over many years

27 February 2022

Product ID: 240687