Cape Kidnappers Safaris & wildlife activities

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Cape Kidnappers: Gannet Colony Exclusive Sunrise Tour

1. 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.

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony Private Tour

2. Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony Private Tour

Experience a personal encounter with birds on a guided tour to the largest accessible gannet colony in the world. Venture through the 2,500 acres of Cape Kidnappers Station, see the sheep and beef farming, the 200-hectare native bush conservatory, Kiwi and Tuatara, and more. Stop on top of the cliff tops and look down at the remarkable geology of the cliffs and sweeping views across Hawkes Bay. Get within just a few feet of adults and chicks nesting, preening themselves, and performing their courtship dance. When at the colony, you'll be mesmerized by the spectacular birds with their exquisite eye markings and golden crowns.

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