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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): $845.00

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

  • 4 hours (up to 4 people): $1,045.00

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

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

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Cancellation Policy
Payments accepted by Bank Credit Cards, Cash or Agent Voucher. – Tours must be pre-paid. We reserve the right to cancel for events beyond our control & if minimum number are not meet for a tour to operate.
Should you cancel within 48 hours of tour, no refund given.
Cancelling outside of 48 hours of tour is eligible for a 100% refund less booking and credit card fees.
Should we cancel 100% of payment made will be refunded.

Child & Infant Policy
Children 5-18 years inclusive – 50% of adult fare.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Infant under 4 years – Free of charge, no seat allocation and must be on lap. – Only 1 infant per adult.

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

  • Child & Infant Policy

    Children 5-18 years inclusive – 50% of adult fare.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Infant under 4 years – Free of charge, no seat allocation and must be on lap. – Only 1 infant per adult.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Payments accepted by Bank Credit Cards, Cash or Agent Voucher. – Tours must be pre-paid. We reserve the right to cancel for events beyond our control & if minimum number are not meet for a tour to operate.
    Should you cancel within 48 hours of tour, no refund given.
    Cancelling outside of 48 hours of tour is eligible for a 100% refund less booking and credit card fees.
    Should we cancel 100% of payment made will be refunded.

  • 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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  • “Fantastic tour with lots of interesting information along the way from our lovely guide. This has been the highlight of our NZ trip so far. Great scenery and superb weather definitely helped. But the gannet behaviour in their natural environment was great to watch, without feeling that we were impacting on their habitat.”

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  • “Great 1/2 day experience to visit Cape Kidnappers and the gannet colonies there. Informative commentary about the private property that owns the land, as well as landscape fauna & flora. 2 stops (1 includes cup of tea/coffee and a bikkie) including 45min spent watching the gannet colony. Comfortable clean air-conditioned mini-bus. Spectacular scenery, so bring your camera!”

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  • “We took this tour as part of a Holland America cruise ship visit, and it was my favourite tour in New Zealand. I'm not a "birder" at all, but I like tours that get you out to see the countryside. Our driver and guide was very good. He gave us history of the area, of the nature preserve and of the various iterations of the property around the cape.”

    Trip Advisor - December 2022

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  • “The visit was perfect, the guide excellent, thank you so much. You must do if you are in Napier.”

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    Trip Advisor - November 2022

  • “The best 3 hours I spent in New Zealand and the most instructive. A fabulous photography experience and the rather precarious journey there and back was made enjoyable by the commentary of the guide who was amusing and extremely knowledgable. Highly recommended.”

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