Journey from coast to cape, to the world’s largest most accessible Gannet colony in beautiful Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.

Watch champion seabirds soar, swoop, dance and dive right before your eyes.

For over 50 years, Gannet Safaris has been guiding visitors to Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony – the only tour that takes you overland within metres of these magnificent seabirds.

From our base at Te Awanga, our modern fleet of 4x4 vehicles will transport you through pristine coastline, working farms, native bush and to New Zealand’s largest privately-owned nature reserve.

An adventure in itself, you will safari in style and comfort over picturesque Cape Kidnappers Station traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, steep gullies and the most breathtaking views of Hawke’s Bay and beyond.

With no walking required, you are whisked away to New Zealand’s largest privately-owned nature reserve – an untouched paradise for wildlife including gannets and a predator free space for kiwi birds and other rare birds to roam.

Open from 1 September – 30 April (except Christmas Day), you are welcome to join our daily tours that run twice a day, at 9.30 am and 1.30 pm.

Tour Highlights

  • A unique 3-hour, 36-kilometre guided tour from stunning coast to cape

  • Learn about the geology and history of Cape Kidnappers

  • Fascinating introduction to gannet colony from expert local guides

  • Home to largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world

  • Over 20,000 gannets in their natural habitat

  • Cultural storytelling and Māori legends

  • See a working farm in action including cows, sheep, and horses

  • Photo opportunities at points of interest

  • Breath-taking views of Hawke’s Bay, Mahia Peninsula and Mount Ruapehu

  • Panoramic lookouts towards the vast Pacific Ocean

  • Caters to all ages and fitness levels

  • Over 50 years of guiding experience

  • Modern, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles

  • Morning and afternoon tea provided


Regular Tours from our Te Awanga base at 396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga:

(aprox a 25 minute drive from Napier)



Child 5 -16yrs or Student ID to 18yrs



Regular Tours including transfers from Napier or Hastings or Havelock North (i-Sites):

This tour cruise ship passengers can opposite the Napier Museum

Pick up times for transfers are at either 8.45am or 12.45pm 



Child 5 -16yrs or Student ID to 18yrs



Payment Terms and Conditions

We may request prepayment upon confirmation of booking. Payments accepted by Bank Credit Cards, Cash or Agent Voucher. We reserve the right to cancel for events beyond our control. Should you cancel within 24hrs of tour, 50% will be applied. Should we cancel, 100% of payment made will be refunded.

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