Have your own personal encounter with these magnificent seabirds with the sun rising over the plateau - available every day from 1 September – 30 April (except Christmas Day).

3 hours - $845 for up to 4 people

The East Cape and Hawkes Bay Coast are the first places in the world to see the sun rise out of the ocean.  This unique tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony is your personal encounter with these remarkable birds, situated at the impressive Cape itself. 

Our 4x4 Range Rover will take you on your private tour overland through Cape Kidnappers Station, approximately 2,500 hectares, whilst being given the story of it’s fascinating history. 

In addition to sheep and beef farming, the station today has a 200-hectare native bush sanctuary hosting introduced Kiwi and Tuatara with a predator proof fence running from coast to coast.  

There is a luxury lodge with a privately-owned world class golf course.  Stop on top of the cliff tops and look down at the remarkable geology of the cliffs and sweeping views across Hawkes Bay.  

When at the colony, you'll be mesmerised by the spectacular birds with their eye markings and golden crowns.  Be within just a few feet of adults and chicks nesting, preening themselves and performing their courtship dance. 

While at the plateau we will serve you a gourmet breakfast of croissants, ham & cheese, pastries, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit - plunger coffee and fresh juice 

Tour Highlights

  • Watch the sunrise from the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world
  • Be the first to welcome the new day overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean
  • Spectacular photo opportunities at sunrise 
  • Safari tour in a luxurious 4x4 Range Rover 
  • Experience a personalised guided tour from coast to cape
  • Exclusive 3-hour, 36-kilometre guided tour with private guide
  • Learn about the geology and history of Cape Kidnappers
  • Fascinating introduction to gannet colony from expert local guides
  • Over 20,000 gannets in their natural habitat 
  • Cultural storytelling and Māori legends
  • See a working farm in action including cows, sheep, and horses
  • Breathtaking 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 
  • Add-on option to visit other Hawke’s Bay attractions
  • Gourmet breakfast provided

Departure time will vary depending on the day, we aim to leave our base at Te Awanga 1 hour before sunrise in order to capture those magical moments before dawn breaks. 

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Experience two of Hawke’s Bay’s most scenic and luxurious excursions.  Have an early start to your day with a private tour to the world’s largest accessible gannet colony in our Range Rover with the sunrise as your backdrop.   

While at the plateau we will serve you a gourmet breakfast of croissants, ham & cheese, pastries, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit - plunger coffee and juice

At the completion of your Gannet Safaris Overland tour, you will be collected in a 1930s vintage car by a Deco-dressed driver. En route to Napier, you will hear of the city’s massive 1931 earthquake and see up close the reconstruction of Napier in the Art Deco style.

5 hours - $1,100 for up to 4 people

Transfers are complementary along with an Art Deco gift bag







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