Gannet Beach Adventures Ltd

“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get towed along the beach by a 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor to a bird colony?” Discover the magic of Cape Kidnappers – get up close and personal with the majestic gannets.


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Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawkes Bay coastline. This unique and fun tour involves travel with local experienced guides by vintage tractors & trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

Visitors travel along the majestically rugged coastline underneath towering cliffs, where earthquake faultlines & other geological features abound.

Travelling through the Black Reef colony - one of two colonies we visit -
passengers can almost touch the gannets in their natural environment. A 90-minute stop at Cape Kidnappers enables visitors an optional walk to the Plateau Colony and enjoy the magnificent views over Hawkes Bay.

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Physical address

475 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $48.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Shuttle/transport available - single person $45 (return), 2+ people - $30pp (return).
Further pricing information:
Student concessions and group rates available (for 15+ paying passengers). Family rates also available.
Cancellation policy:
Refer to website for cancellation and refund policies.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Approx. 40 minutes (Napier)
Proximity to coach terminal:
No local bus service to Clifton, although we can provide a shuttle/pickup service at an additional cost.
Proximity to town:
25 minutes from Napier, Hastings or Havelock North

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Opening times

Business hours:
Departure times are tide dependent - check website for departure schedule or contact us via phone
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Traditional) YES NO
Dutch YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Korean YES NO
Russian YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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