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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  • August 8, 2017
    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 »
  • June 17, 2017
    Remember to check the tile before heading. Because there is some part that you cannot pass through if the water level goes up. Go and back spend about 6 hours in total. Wear something comfy.  more »
  • May 17, 2017
    Absolutely a place to visit. Lots to do. Food is wonderful. Loved seeing the kewi. They say golfing is amazing. Hiking trails are beautiful.  more »

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