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Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay Region

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Wildlife Area
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.
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  • 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 »
  • Because we came a little too late in the afternoon/evening so we couldn't take us all the way to the tip of the promontory. View of the sea is adorable even at the starting point!
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  • a very unique trip out to view the largest mainland gannet colony in new zealand. travel via 4wheel drive or tractor drawn trailers. marvelous experience for young and older folk.  more »