Cape Kidnappers is an outstanding bird-watching destination, with dramatic coastal views into the bargain.

Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui is an extraordinary sandstone headland to the east of Hastings in Hawke's Bay. It was named by Captain Cook after an attempt by local Māori to abduct one of his crew.

The cape is home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world. The 13-hectare reserve includes the Saddle and Black Reef gannet colonies.

Bird watching in Hawke's Bay is a thrilling experience. Get up close to these fascinating gannets with a an overland tour; a great activity for the family, nature lovers or anybody who is looking for a special New Zealand experience. You'll drive past some of the most ruggedly beautiful coastlines in the country. Once there, you'll see up to 25,000 gannets close-up. Marvel at their 2-metre wingspan, and watch them swooping and diving for fish and feeding their young (in season).

The other major attraction at Cape Kidnappers is the golf course. Designed by American Tom Doak, the course makes the most of the breathtaking natural landscape. The sixth hole is widely regarded to be one of the great golf holes of the world.

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