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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  • The property, accommodation, golf cource, service and food is out of this world. The staff’s commitment and professionalism the 5 star experience we had. They have a sommelier on staff that was able t...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • It's a beautiful place to go for a walk, not sure if I'll do it if I'm traveling in NZ with not so much time. Can take up to five hours and us mostly just a beach with interesting geological formations. Sunscreen, hat and maybe an extra layer of clothing to protect you from the sun, all day the sun hits the beach (facing North) so there's no shadows
  • Did the tractor trip out along the beach and walked up to see gannets. Excellent day out. Fantastic views. Take warm jacket, good walking shoes and packed lunch!
  • Nice scenic area and the Gannett colony you get very close to the birds its a 9 km hike along beach each way or pay 60 to ride on a tractor trailer with seats to get there
  • 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.
  • 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.
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