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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 itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Detoured off on our way back to Napier because it was there! After a line of houses by the coast there are areas for RV's and the like to spend a couple of nights. The views along the coastline are ex...  more »
  • We did the walk from Clifton Cafe along to the Gannet colony at cape kidnappers, and back. It was a total of 19km walk along the beach, over rocks and a bit of a wading through shallow sea! Check the ...  more »
  • 2 family groups - 4 adults 4 children - absolutely loved this trip out to see the gannet colony - verye xciting journey across the beach