Cape Kidnappers - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Cape Kidnappers

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Cape Kidnappers in the Video tab.

To Māori Cape Kidnappers is Te Matau-a-Māui – the fish hook with which demigod Māui hauled up the North Island. British explorer James Cook gave the cape its English name after a Tahitian crew member on his ship was seized by Māori. Cape Kidnappers is also home to a gannet colony where thousands of birds nest.

Related web links:
East of Hastings
Gannets and boobies
Cape Kidnappers gannet colony
Māui’s fish hook
Naming Cape Kidnappers

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