Gannet Colony, Clifton

#4 of 33 in Parks in Hawke's Bay Region
Witness the annual en masse nesting and the amusing antics of Gannet Colony. About 1,200 pairs of gannets, large white seabirds, nest here each year, and hundreds of these little homes are built just centimeters apart. Later in the season you can see the hatchlings and watch as they learn to fly. Observe all this from a viewing platform above the nesting area, and enjoy views of Muriwai Beach. Choose between walking and riding a tractor down the long beach to the attraction. Make Gannet Colony a centerpiece of your Clifton vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Clifton trip planner.
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  • A must do while in Hawke’s Bay. Highly recommend the gannet tractor beach trip. Bring binoculars to have amazing close up view of beautiful birds. Mid November and birds babies were not hatched yet.  more »
  • Had a fabulous trip by old tractor and trailer along the beach to view the gannet colony. Friendly, informative guide, great way to see the birds and learn a bit about the history of the area, highly ...  more »
  • Really interesting trip and sights. I didn't feel like we were impinging on the Gannets home which was nice, as the clifftop is large. Good to get a bit of exercise on the way up as well. You can't he...  more »

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