Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  New Zealand  /  North Island  /  Hawke's Bay Region  /  Wildlife Areas  /  Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay Region

(4.8/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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 a full Clifton itinerary

(Clifton is the nearest city to Cape Kidnappers)

map

Plan your trip to Clifton

  • 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.

Plans in Hawke's Bay Region by other users

8 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in North Island BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in North Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in North Island SEE PLAN November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in North Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in North Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 32 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CYPRUS November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • First of all I was happy didn't bring my toddler with me in a carry back. At times it was tricky, had to climb over some rocks and walk on slippery surface. I started walking 2.5hours after high tide ...  more »
  • Having checked the tides, we parked the car and set out on the beautiful beach walk with towering cliffs on one side. At the 8 klm mark we saw the first of the Gannet colonies - the smaller colony. We...  more »
  • You will enjoy the rich farmland as you drive to the southern end of the sweep of Hawke's Bay. There you will see the largest and most accessible mainland nesting place of gannets in the world. We wat...  more »