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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.

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5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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

Jan was an awesome guide who knows the land very well. Not only did she introduce the gannets, she also talked about the wildlife within the sanctuary and the landforms that make up this sanctuary. Would absolutely recommend this!

Highlight of our Hawkes Bay stay. Friendly and knowledgeable hosts/drivers. History and conservation aspect of the area super interesting. Element of adventure…plus the gannets! Time and money well spent. Highly recommend.

Graham was very informative. The bus ride was nice and great scenery. Had a lovely cup of tea with a store bought bikkie. Friendly staff!

A fabulous tour to Cape Kidnappers. Very informative commentary about the history of the area, and the gannet colonies.