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The gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers is the largest mainland gannet colony in the world and home to about 20,000 birds.
A half day tour to Cape Kidnappers is the only way that you can experience being within a few feet of these incredible birds. The 3 hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets. You will travel by 4x4 stopping on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke's Bay across to the Mahia Peninsula.
On arrival at the gannets your guide will serve you refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets with their distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crowns. They have a wingspan of up to 2 metres. You will see adults and young carrying out their daily routine including watching them swooping and diving as they bring back fish.
The birds can be seen from September to early May. In September they return and build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight to warmer climates in late April/early May.