Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

  • Port

    Napier, New Zealand

  • Activity level


  • Activity type


  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Price per adult


    USDTBC per person

  • Minimum age


  • Duration

    4.5 Hours

  • Meals included


Commence your tour with a drive down Napier’s beautiful Marine Parade with its stand of tall Norfolk pines. Continue along the Hawke’s Bay coast to Cape Kidnappers Station. From there, the unpaved road crosses rolling pastures, riverbeds and gullies.
Stopping just a few yards from the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers affords a close-up look at the birds. The gannet is a member of the booby family, and is easily recognized by its distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crown. The birds arrive here at the colony in the latter part of July, and their chicks hatch in late November and December. Migration begins again in March.
See gannets swooping and diving into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the ritual dance of recognition. Cape Kidnappers is one of only two known mainland gannet colonies in the world.
Enjoy a tea or coffee and a cookie, and then relax for the journey back to Napier, with an orientation drive through the art deco district en route to the ship.