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 took the 4h tractor trail to explore Cape Kidnappers and to see the gannets. Was really relieved that we decided to go on the tractor (which only operates once a day depending on tide timings. Do c...  more »
  • The view there is amazing, absolutely a good place to visit when you are in Napier, Hastings or Havelock North. There is the toilets and drinking water provided before you have started to hike up to t...  more »
  • Gannet Reserve is home to two gannet colonies. Beautiful views, many gannets babies around.. We┬┤ve decided for walk from Scotmans Point at Clifton . You can take a tour bus. From allow at least 5 hour...  more »
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  • 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!!
  • Gannet Adventures tractor to the Cape is so much fun. Great guides. I've done it twice in a month with guests and look forward to the next time.
  • A beautiful place. Go & enjoy the walk down to the Gannets colony. Check the tidal times first though.

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