Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay Region

4.8
#1 of 10 in Wildlife in Hawke's Bay Region
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Home to two large gannet colonies, Cape Kidnappers is a rugged headline at the end of a peninsula protruding deep into the Pacific Ocean. Named after an attempt by the local Maori to kidnap a Tahitian servant from explorer James Cook's ship, the headland remains designated as an important bird area and serves as a breeding site for nearly 3,000 pairs of gannets. The birds nest between November and February, which remains the best time to visit this protected natural world. Visit the headland at low tide and remember that nesting gannets do not like fast movements or loud noises. Put Cape Kidnappers into our Clifton itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Create an itinerary including Cape Kidnappers

(Clifton is the nearest city to Cape Kidnappers)

map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
289 reviews
  • Absolutely a place to visit. Lots to do. Food is wonderful. Loved seeing the kewi. They say golfing is amazing. Hiking trails are beautiful.  more »
  • The story goes that Captain Cook had his translator kidnaped in this area on his voyage in these waters. I guess he didn't have the google translate app on his iPhone. This is a beautiful place to spe...  more »
  • visited in a organised tour. Was amazed to see so many gannets there, a wow factor. The scenery was stunning and the trip past the golf course was interesting.  more »

Plan your trip to Hawke's Bay Region

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Clifton

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Hawke's Bay Region by other users

30 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in North Island BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA December, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in North Island BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA December, relaxing, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CHILE September, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 19 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CHILE September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Wellington, Taupo District & Hawke's Bay Region BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 56 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM THAILAND March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans