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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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  • What a days journey and learning the story of how Cape Kidnapped and the surroundings remain so utterly beautiful. Rob was an incredible tour guide, so full of the joy of his being able to share his a...  more »
  • This Lodge is simply breathtaking everything is fabulous, the hotel the food as well as the nature which surrounds it, It is expensive but worth every penny. If I. New Zealand you can afford the best ...  more »
  • Really nice to just walk for how long you want. Definitly check the tides before you go, you can't walk if there is no low tide.