Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay Region

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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 online travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Clifton.
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  • Gannet Reserve is home to two gannet colonies. Beautiful views, many gannets babies around.. We´ve decided for walk from Scotmans Point at Clifton . You can take a tour bus. From allow at least 5 hour...  more »
  • Remember to check the tile before heading. Because there is some part that you cannot pass through if the water level goes up. Go and back spend about 6 hours in total. Wear something comfy.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • One of the most interesting places that I so far visited in New Zealand. Important is to know when is low tide so you will not stay trapped until the next one ;)
  • . (03/2017) One of the main tourist attractions in Hawke's Bay. Eastern headland of north island. You can enjoy beautiful views all around on a clear sunny day. Ample parking space. Nicely maintained. You can walk over the clean beach enjoying the tides and admiring scenic views.
  • Great place for a hike. You just need to watch the tide and plan your hike.
  • I recommend doing one of the tractor tours, was lots of fun, way better than walking. And hold on to your hats, it's quite windy there. I lost mine :-(
  • Spent a lovely afternoon on the beach looking at beautiful Cape Kidnappers. Parking plentiful, Cafe was busy, the beach was a perfect!

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