When you want to experience a gannet safari on your terms, catered to your needs and requirements, then a Private Tour is the best option for you.  

Available for individuals and groups, our Gannet Safari Private Tours offers an exclusive and personalised tour of the natural wonders and wildlife of Cape Kidnappers in beautiful Hawke’s Bay.

We will work together with you to create a private tour that helps you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience – into the heart of the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world.

Explore this untouched paradise for wildlife – with over 20,000 gannets in their natural habitat, as well as predator free space for kiwi birds and other rare birds to roam. 

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. 

  Tour Highlights

  • A bespoke, tailor made gannet safari for you and your group
  • Safari tour in a luxurious 4x4 Range Rover 
  • Experience a personalised guided tour from coast to cape
  • Explore the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world
  • Private tours can be booked anytime from sunrise to sunset
  • 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
  • Photo opportunities at points of interest
  • 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
  • Morning and afternoon tea provided
  • Gourmet breakfast available for sunrise tours

EXCLUSIVE  Private Tours in our Range Rover :

Your own personal encounter with the birds anytime from sunrise to sunset.

Further tour options are available including a custom made day visiting Hawkes Bay attractions.

For guidance three hours should be allowed for tours ex our Te Awanga base with an additional hour from Napier or Hastings.

Morning/afternoon tea & coffee is provided. or a light breakfast for sunrise tours. 

Private Tours:

$732.00 - for up to 4 people - from our base (excluding transfers)

For transfers from most accommodation places it is an extra $244.00 (allowing for 1 hour)

Private Gannet Tours are 3 hours

Add on winery tastings, scenic tours, Art Deco tour - at the extra charge of $244 per hour.

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