• Private Tours


Experience a Gannet Safari Overland Tour catered to your own wishes and needs. Book a private tour and create personalised, lifelong memories. Available for individuals and groups, discover the natural wonders and wildlife of Cape Kidnappers in beautiful Hawke’s Bay anytime from sunrise to sunset.

We will work together with you to create an itinerary 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.

We will also provide morning/afternoon tea or breakfast, depending on the time of your tour.

Private Tours from our Te Awanga base
396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga (aprox a 25 minute drive from Napier)

  • 3 hours (up to 4 people): $769

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Private Tours including transfers from Napier or Hastings or Havelock North (i-Sites):

  • 3-4 hours (up to 4 people): $894

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Add on winery tastings, scenic tours, Art Deco tour:

  • Extra Charge (per hour): $244 per hour

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We may request prepayment upon confirmation of booking. Payments accepted by Bank Credit Cards, Cash or Agent Voucher. We reserve the right to cancel for events beyond our control. Should you cancel within 24hrs of tour, 50% will be applied. Should we cancel, 100% of payment made will be refunded.

Tour Highlights

  • A bespoke, tailor-made gannet safari for you and your group

  • Safari tour in a luxurious 4×4 Range Rover

  • Exclusive 3-hour, 36-kilometre guided tour with private guide

  • Explore the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world

  • Private tours can be booked anytime from sunrise to sunset

  • 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

  • Breath-taking views of Hawke’s Bay, Mahia Peninsula and Mount Ruapehu

  • Panoramic lookouts towards the vast Pacific Ocean

  • Catering to all ages and fitness levels

  • Over 50 years of guiding experience

  • Add-on option to visit other Hawke’s Bay attractions

  • Tea/coffee/hot chocolate provided

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.

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