Hastings - Heart of Hawke's Bay

See the world’s largest gannet colony with Gannet Beach Adventures

September 6th, 2011


Gannet Beach Adventures takes you to an iconic part of Hawke’s Bay to see the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet nesting site at Cape Kidnappers.

The adventure begins at the Clifton Beach carpark, around 20 minutes drive from the major cities of Napier and Hastings, and your transport to the Cape is by a unique vintage tractor which has a trailer in tow. Don’t worry, the cushioned seats on the trailer make for a pleasant ride, while the genial host/ driver stops to point out places of interest along the way.

You will travel along the majestically, rugged coastline of Cape Kidnappers spending around 90 minutes at the Cape, which allows ample time to take a close up look at the nesting gannets. If you’re keen you can take a dip in the ocean, or enjoy a pleasant 25 minute walk to view the saddle plateau and take in the panoramic views across Hawke’s Bay.


Gannet Beach Adventures runs daily tours from October through till May. They operate in all weather conditions but suitable clothing is required depending on the weather. It is important to book your tour, as departure times are dependent on the tide.

This ia an adventure of a lifetime. You get a close up view of the gannets, a chance to take in a panoramic view over Hawke’s Bay and learn about some of the history of the magnificent Cape Kidnappers. The gannet colony is unique to the Cape and the whole family will be thrilled to see the birds soaring on the thermals.

More information on Gannet Beach Adventures is available at www.gannets.com


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