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Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

1. Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

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.

Cape Kidnappers: Gannet Colony Exclusive Sunrise Tour

2. Cape Kidnappers: Gannet Colony Exclusive Sunrise Tour

Enjoy a unique tour to Cape Kidnappers and watch the sunrise over the gannets. The East Cape of New Zealand is the first in the world to see the sunrise each day. Travel in a 4 x 4 Range Rover (maximum 4 people) on an exclusive tour to the largest accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Journey overland through Cape Kidnappers Station, a working farm of approximately 2,500 hectares with a fascinating history. In addition to beef and sheep farming, the station boasts a 200-hectare conservatory protected by a predator-proof fence running from coast to coast across the promontory.  See Kiwi and Tuatara along with a wide variety of native birds and wildlife which had previously been wiped out by predators. Enjoy spectacular views across Hawkes Bay to Napier and the distant Mahia Peninsula when you stop at a cliff-top viewpoint along the way. On arrival at the colony, be mesmerized by the spectacular birds with their eye markings and golden crowns. From within just a few feet of the adults and nesting chicks, see these remarkable birds preening themselves and performing their courtship dance ritual.

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What people are saying about Cape Kidnappers

The best 3 hours I spent in New Zealand and the most instructive. A fabulous photography experience and the rather precarious journey there and back was made enjoyable by the commentary of the guide who was amusing and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommended

Best place to view magnificent gannets & best time for chicks is mid to late November. Ten of us were overwhelmed by this great tour & experienced guide/bus driver. Thank you.

I was pleased that we spent about 40 minutes photographing the Gannets. I would have been happy to spend another 40 minutes with the good weather we had on the site.

One of a lifetime experience. Our tour guide was simply outstanding, loved the experience and would definitely recommend others!

Fantastic day out, we had the best tour guide Richard. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.