Gannet Colony, Clifton

4.9
#5 of 32 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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  • We went as a couple this was a very interesting & informative visit the birds were ready to fly the nest & our guide was very good we had a great time the views were amazing  more »
  • Join the tractor tour from 9:00-13:30. Prefect day with half sunny. Feel comfortable and beautiful scenery. 30mins walk uphill to colony, close to the gannets. Highly recomment.  more »
  • Really interesting three hours. The gannets are beautiful and you can get very close without disturbing them. The ride in through the farm and the resort is also a part of the experience. The guide Da...  more »
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