Step off your cruise boat and onto an incredible Gannet Safari overland excursion! Our premium tour combines a fully guided sightseeing tour from ship side at Napier Port, to learning about Napier’s Art Deco culture and visiting the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.
Home to the world’s largest mainland Gannet colony, your Hawke’s Bay adventure will be one of the books! Discover New Zealand largest privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, traverse riverbeds, broad rolling pastures and breath-taking views of landscapes and wildlife.
Gannet Safaris Overland provides a tour for Cruise Ship passengers via your cruise director – it is a premium tour combining a fully guided sightseeing tour from ship side at Napier Port, learn about Napier’s Art Deco and visit the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.
The tour includes:
- Have the luxury of being picked up ship side from port
- A tour around Napier’s famous Art Deco buildings
- Gannet Safaris Overland tour to the gannet colony
- Enjoy a light meal at our 100-year-old barn (cheese, crackers. Humus, tomatoes, slices, cake, fresh fruit, tea/coffee/juice)
- Returned back onto port to board your ship
Please book this tour with your SHORE EXCURSIONS DIRECTOR on your ship….. it is NOT OUR REGULAR TOUR and can only be booked via the ship.
Alternatively, to join us directly, passengers need to book our ‘regular tour with transfers for cruise ship passengers’ departure times vary depending on the ship.
Passengers will be required to get the shuttle off the port into Napier where we collect everyone from opposite the Napier museum (where the shuttle drops off).
Frequently asked questions
Is there room to park our motorhome?
Yes, we have a large off-road carpark, plenty big enough for several motorhomes to safely park up while you enjoy our tour.
How long does it take to get to your base?
our base is a 25-minute drive from Napier, Hastings and Havelock North
How many people are on a bus?
a maximum of 20 people
Are we governed by the tides?
No – as we travel overland above the cliff tops
Is the morning or afternoon better to see the birds?
The birds are just as active in the morning as they are in the afternoon, no time is better than the other.
Are there bathrooms on the tour?
The last chance to dance is at our base where we have very good bathroom facilities. On the tour there is only the odd tree for emergencies.
If the tour good for photographers?
Absolutely – we get plenty of photographers. Everyone has different light preferences… some even do a morning trip one day and an afternoon trip the next so they can get the right shot. Photographers also love the sunrise tour.
Can we take our small well-behaved dog on the tour?
Unfortunately no, as we ae traveling through a wildlife sanctuary and got to a Doc reserve with over 20,000 gannets – dogs are not permitted.
Is the tour good for all ages?
Absolutely. As long as you can hop on and off the bus unaided then the tour is good for you! The plateau it is all flat ground so walking is very safe and easy, there are bench seats that can be sat on. Everything can also be seen from the bus without having to get out.