• About Us

Gannet Safaris Overland has been providing gannet safaris (tours),  guiding visitors over Cape Kidnappers for over 50 years. Our safaris are the only way to be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. There is absolutely no walking required. Read more about the gannets here.

Drive along the scenic coast from Napier to Te Awanga and join Gannet Safaris Overland to visit the worlds largest, most accessible gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

You will travel in comfort in our air conditioned 4 x 4 vehicles, through Cape Kidnappers Station – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke Bay right across to the Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide / driver on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station, local Maori legend and an introduction to the gannets.

On arrival at the gannets you can stretch your legs if you like and take in the spectacular scenery 100 metres above the Pacific Ocean.  Here your driver / guide will serve you light refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets perform around you.

Our Safaris cater for individuals, small or large groups. The seating capacity is 100 at any time. Private exclusive tours are also available.


Tours you may like

  • The Gannets

    The Gannets

    Cape Kidnappers is the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Over 20,000 gannets at the cape are members of the Booby family and feature distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crown.

  • Hawkes Bay

    Hawkes Bay

    Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay has many unique features to offer to its visitors.

  • “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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