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Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 240687
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Experience the magic of the world's largest mainland gannet colony perched on the top of majestic cliffs. View a predator proof reserve, a native New Zealand forest and learn about local Maori legends and stories along the way.
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Duration 3 hours
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Pickup optional

Your accommodation in Napier, Hastings or Havelock North

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  • Discover the largest mainland gannet colony in the world
  • Travel with a knowledgeable and insightful driver/guide
  • Learn about local Maori legends and stories
  • View a predator proof reserve
  • Visit a native New Zealand forest
Full description
Discover Cape Kidnappers, the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Witness the 20,000 gannets at the cape which are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown.

Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads, these amazing birds with their 6-foot wingspan (2 m) swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual.

The birds can be seen from September to early April. In September they return from their winter escape to build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight in late April when they go off on their annual ritual to warmer climates.

After being driven to the Cape in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 coach there will be absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. Along the way, take in the breathtaking scenery of the geological landscapes and remarkable nature that this part of the country has to offer. Visit a production forest, view a predator-proof reserve and be accompanied by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a knowledgeable and insightful commentary throughout the tour.
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Gannet Colony viewing and interaction
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Transfers to and from the local i-Sites in Napier, Hastings, and Havelock North (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food

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Meeting point

Gannet Safaris Overland Ltd, 396 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga 4172, New Zealand. Look for the Gannet Safaris sign on the side of the road.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• Walking is not required for this tour if you do not want to
• Bring a jacket/jumper in case it gets windy or a bit chilly.

From US$ 62.21 per person

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Gannet Safaris Overland

Product ID: 240687