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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Clifton, New Zealand
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+64 800 426 638

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Great Walk, Lovely Water and Cliff Views and Interesting Colonies of Gannets

Having checked the tides, we parked the car and set out on the beautiful beach walk with towering cliffs on one side. At the 8 klm mark we saw the first of the Gannet colonies... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
Gold Coast
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Napier, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting trip and sights. I didn't feel like we were impinging on the Gannets home which was nice, as the clifftop is large. Good to get a bit of exercise on the way up as well. You can't help but take amazing pictures with gorgeous colours.

Thank sarahchats
Gold Coast
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287 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Having checked the tides, we parked the car and set out on the beautiful beach walk with towering cliffs on one side. At the 8 klm mark we saw the first of the Gannet colonies - the smaller colony. We then decided to continue on and hiked up the steep but well maintained track to the Saddle and Plateau Gannet... More 

Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Drive to Murawai Beach from Auckland was easy and quick. There is a bit of a climb to see the gannet colony but it is definitely worth it. Fantastic views, a smell of the sea, sun shine - and the birds. This is simply a great place to visit for anyone who likes nature and outdoors.

Thank beachstone2c
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This is a wonderful place to visit and see nature at it's best. Stunning views and gannets raising their hatchlings.

Thank Lasseter4242
Oxford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a unique adventure and if you like sea, cliffs and birds this is a trip not to miss. You can walk there but it's a long way and going on a tractor, though pretty bumpy and sometimes a bit hair raising, was fun. The drivers know what they are doing so you are safe. The walk at the... More 

Thank Travellingfar2
Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

we loved this trip - the tractor ride was amazing and the gannet colony was so interesting. great to see

Thank Sinead D
Gympie, Australia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

A tractor ride along the beautiful coastline a tour guide with experience and knowledge and a sense of humor not to be faulted. (thanks Murray) The Gannet colony didn't disappoint either these bird are magnificent, parent birds protecting their young on the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers. You get real close to the birds as they come and go and sit... More 

Thank gayewaikari
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

You can sit beside the colony, really close to the birds, just a rope to remind you not to get so close that you disturb them. It is magical to see how the nests are organised just out of reach of the next bird, to study the birds as they greet one another when one of them returns from the... More 

Thank SaveTigerNorthants
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting these gannets is a great adventure. I'd recommend taking the coastline route to visit them.

Thank Mike H
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Gannets are cute birds, very loyal to their partners and fiercely protective about their nests.. and you can see all of it at the gannet colony . We went in January, saw their nests , eggs, babies , feeding and fighting... all at one visit!! The strategically located viewing platforms help in getting a very close view , birds seem... More 

Thank Priya P

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