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 Te Awanga online travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Te Awanga.
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  • We went on a guided tour and there were a lot of birds the day we went. There were a lot of teenage gannets that were almost ready to fly away and it was interesting to watch them trying to take off. ...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I were rather excited to head out to see the Gannet Colony at Cape Kidnappers. From a distance the Cape looks spectacular. This was the problem though, everything was from a distance...  more »
  • What an amazing tour ...great views..just great experience to see Gannets, beautiful landscape and beautiful rare birds  more »
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  • Cape Kidnappers rated 5-1/2 stars: Not only does New Zealand have a reputation for spectacular scenery, it has also secured a name as a haven for outdoor adventure seekers. For golfers wanting to combine the best of New Zealand's scenery, plenty of excitement and world-class facilities, Cape Kidnappers delivers big-time.
  • Very nice tour of the area/beach on tractor wagons. Good geological facts presented while driving along the dramatic coast. Hike to Gannett colony was very scenic.
  • The view is absolutely stunning! Remember to check the tide before you go. You can call to the office and they will tell you the exact time to start / end the walk. Whole walk is about 16km (6hrs - 7hrs). There is a only toilet before you started to hike up the bluff to the Gannet Colony.
  • Stunning walk and a must do when visiting Hawkes Bay (and have a day to spare). Average level of fitness required. Remember to check the tides before walking. No shelter along the way so bring plenty of sun protection, water and snacks. Gannets at the end of the walk. Watch out for all the motor bikes that drive past at speed (can't miss them, they are quite loud).
  • Stopped by this spot on our way south. It was a beautiful place to stop by for a short while. I would definitely return to Cape Kidnappers especially to see the gannets and make a full day of it!!

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