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A Unique Wildlife Encounter

Captivating champion divers and masters of the sea, Gannets are true acrobats. Brace yourself for a journey that takes you from coast to cape, to the world’s largest and most accessible Gannet colony in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay. Discover the mesmerising birds in an almost face to face experience and take in the stunning vista of the area.

Let’s take you on a Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

For over 50 years, Cape Kidnapper’s Gannet Safaris has been the only tour to take you overland, bringing you close and personal with the fierce seabirds and their thriving environment for nesting and breeding.
Starting off at our Te Awanga base, our fleet of 4×4 vehicles will take you through pristine coastline, working farm, native bush to New Zealand’s largest, privately-owned nature reserve. The guided safari will take you on a stunning discovery tour to the top of Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony where you will come to encounter over 20,000 gannets. Watch the seabirds in their natural habitat – nesting, preening, dancing swooping and diving into the sea right before your eyes.
With the vast Pacific Ocean in sight, beneath the land of the long white clouds, and surrounded by beautiful, winged wonders; discover the land, sea and sky of Aotearoa with Gannet Safaris Overland Safari.

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  • “A must-do tour! Can’t get any closer to the gannets. Also managed to get a glimpse of the luxury golf course and lodge. Graham was a wonderful tour guide.”

    claudzperez - December 2021

  • “A wonderful trip with David, our guide, who was very knowledgeable with the odd joke thrown in. Certainly worth the value. I loved the time spent at the gannet colony and couldn't believe how many birds there were and how close we were able to get them. Such a magic experience.”

    Trip Advisor - December 2021

  • “Wonderful tour! Graham was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and humorous. We didn’t see many gannets at the top due to it being end of season, but overall it was an unforgettable experience which we highly recommend.”

    G G - April 2022

  • “Graham was an awesome tour guide - so knowledgeable and catered the trip and info to the audience. Highly recommended!!”

    Caleb - April 2022

  • “Awesome trip through amazing farm land. Graham was a wonderful tour guide giving informative and entertaining commentary the whole trip.”

    Sandi - April 2022

  • “Throughly enjoyed this experience. The tour guide Tony was fantastic and really made the whole trip. The knowledge and history of the property that was provided was more than we had expected. We didn’t get to see many gannets however to be expected at this time of year. Regardless of this we loved the afternoon. An absolute must do for anyone visiting the region.”

    Cherie Osbaldiston - April 2022

  • “I joined the Safari on Easter Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed it. It was a slightly cold, windy and cloudy day but not too bad. At least there was no rain. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, explained things in details, not only about the gannets but the geology of the place, its geology, interesting facts, showed us photos, etc.. This is certainly a very interesting trip and you can get a lot of knowledge not only about the birds but Hawke's Bay as well.”

    Marcelo_Toniolo - April 2022

  • “Was an awesome experience. Spectacular views and scenery to and from the Gannet Colony and around the area.And of course the Gannets, such beautiful birds and the amazing history of them. There weren’t as many there as a lot had already made their migration to Australia and elsewhere. Rob is very knowledgeable and experienced, was very humorous and lovely to listen to. He positioned the bus at a certain angle to protect us from strong winds and prepared a lovely cup of tea.”

    Jean Merrilees - April 2022

  • “This was a fabulous tour, with so much more, than initially expected. Tony was a wonderful tour guide, very informative as well as been entertaining. The gannets were very amusing & the scenery superb. We would highly recommend this tour.”

    Jenny M - April 2022

  • “We booked this tour after our beach tractor gannet tour cancelled. Sometimes these things are meant to be - we had the most wonderful time on this tour. Graham our driver and tour guide was amazing - friendly, fun, and so knowledgeable! The trip over the farmland was fascinating and fun, and the gannets themselves were extraordinary! We visited in early April when the chicks were large and preparing to leave home, but there were still many adults and chicks still onsite. We had the most wonderful trip, thankyou Graham!”

    StaceyCheer - April 2022

  • “Very unexpected tour that was so much more than seeing the gannets at the end - thought we would just see a few chicks hiding under M & D! Got a great history of land ownership and the use changed was interesting. Conservation undertakings and how it all linked to NZ native species management was new to us. Bus as safe and comfortable as could be on the rough roads. Great commentary from Tony. Coming back in Sep/Oct to see baby chicks and parents reuniting.”

    James Corbett - April 2022

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