• 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): $887

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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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.

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

  • 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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