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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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  • We took the wildlife trip to see the enormous gannet colony. The scenery is absolutely outstanding and our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. If you are a bird-lover, this is a must! You can g...  more »
  • Though tides, we are starting from campground in Clifton left. Nice walk, beautiful cliffs where you attitude. 2 hour single trip, 16 km. Last part is a little style up. Best things in life are for free!
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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 »