• Sunrise Tours

Sunrise
Tours

The East Cape and Hawkes Bay Coast are the first places in the world to see the sun rise out of the ocean. Join us on our private sunrise tour and have your own personal encounter with the magnificent gannets. With the sun rising over the plateau – you will feel a new kind of connection to the nature and beauty of our country.
When you reach the colony, you’ll be mesmerised by the spectacular birds with their distinctive eye markings and golden crowns. Be within just a few feet of adults and chicks, nesting and preening themselves as well as performing their courtship dance.
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast of croissants, ham & cheese, pastries, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, plunger coffee and fresh juice while overlooking the incredible vista.



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

  • 3 hours (up to 4 people): $930

Departure time will vary depending on the day, we aim to leave our base at Te Awanga 1 hour before sunrise to capture those magical moments before dawn breaks.

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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.

Combo PRIVATE

SUNRISE TOUR + VINTAGE CAR ART DECO TOUR

Experience two of Hawke’s Bay’s most scenic and luxurious excursions. Have an early start to your day with a private tour to the world’s largest accessible gannet colony in our Range Rover with the sunrise as your backdrop.

While at the plateau we will serve you a gourmet breakfast of croissants, ham & cheese, pastries, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit – plunger coffee and juice

At the completion of your Gannet Safaris Overland tour, you will be collected in a 1930s vintage car by a Deco-dressed driver. En route to Napier, you will hear of the city’s massive 1931 earthquake and see up close the reconstruction of Napier in the Art Deco style.



Combo PRIVATE SUNRISE TOUR + VINTAGE CAR ART DECO TOUR

  • 5 hours (up to 4 people): $1,375

Includes return transfers from your innercity accomodation

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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

  • Watch the sunrise from the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world

  • Be the first to welcome the new day overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean

  • Safari tour in a luxurious 4×4 Range Rover

  • Experience a personalised guided tour from coast to cape

  • 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

  • Panoramic lookouts towards the vast Pacific Ocean

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

  • Catering to all ages and fitness levels

  • Over 50 years of guiding experience

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

  • Air-conditioned 4×4 vehicles

  • Gourmet breakfast 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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Fancy a gannet pie? 🥧

In 1789 a hungry Captain James Cook documented his kiwi take on the classic Christmas 'goose pie' reporting that "our goose pye was eat with great approbation" by the crew. Well before the invention of Gannet pie, young takapū were an important part of Māori diet. Nowadays, like most of our native birds gannets enjoy full protection. Whilst gannet pie is certainly off the menu, visiting these cutie pies isn't - with only a few more days of tours available be sure to get your ticket ASAP! 

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There's only two weeks to go before bookings for #gannetsafarisoverland tours close! Get your camera packed, sunblock on and a smile ready for Hawkes Bay's most #instaworthy view! 

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Ever wondered how a #gannet nest is made?

 In late winter and early spring, the Takapū/ Australasian gannets are often sighted flying around with seaweed - a key component in their nest structure. By use of a build up of guano, nutrient packed excrement, the gannets form a concrete like cylindrical wall that is softened with seaweed. These nests are incredibly resilient and can last for years!

Only the males return with seaweed, a helpful tip for distinguishing sexes. 

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Be sure to book your end of season #gannetsafarisoverland tour before April 30th! 

If seeing #NewZealands largest, accessible mainland colony of takapū/ Australasian gannets has been on your bucket list, the coming weeks are your last chance for an up-close experience with these incredible birds. 

Visit our website, www.gannetsafarisoverland.co.nz for more information 

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Hey Gary, can you not read the sign? Get back on your side of the barrier 😉🐦 

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Our cruise ship passengers favourite post-tour treat! We love @scottsstrawberryfarm locally grown strawberries 🍓🍓
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So exciting to have our first cruise ship visitors of the season. We loved having #nationalgeographicorion as our first group 🚢🐦🥳🥳 #napiernz #hawkesbay #hawkesbaynz #capekidnappers #newzealand #gannetsafarisoverland #cruiseshipexcursion
It was awesome having all the managers from the iSite’s across New Zealand experience a famil with us while at their conference held in Napier last week.  Such an awesome team to host. 🌞
#napierconferences #napierisite #gannets #capekidnappers
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