Gannet Colony Tour

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  • 4 Hour tractor and trailer tour
  • Gannet Colony in Hawke's Bay
  • 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Black Reef colony
  • Seasonal tour : October - early May
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What you need to know

Explore the Gannet Colony in the beautiful Hawke's Bay with this tractor and trailer tour along the beach to see the local bird colony. Departing at low tide, this tour is unlike any other and has been operating in the area since 1952. Travelling along the Hawke's Bay coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers, this tour will show you the natural beauty this famed region possesses.

The tour pays a visit to two different colonies; the Black Reef colony where you'll travel so close you could touch these wild animals from the back of the trailer, and the Plateau colony reached via a scenic walk from Cape Kidnappers. Combining incredible, sweeping views of the region with wild animal encounters this tour offers visitors some of the best photo opportunities to make this adventure one to remember. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may be lucky enough to see some new-born chicks getting their bearings or some older chicks just learning to fly.

This is an incredible tour for those looking to explore the Hawke's Bay region as it takes you to some of the most popular sights as well as to the largest mainland Gannet colonies.


  • 4 Hour tractor and trailer tour
  • Gannet Colony in Hawke's Bay


  • Jump on the back of a trailer and get towed along the beach by a 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor
  • Photographic opportunities abound as stops are made throughout the journey
  • Insight into how nature‚Äôs forces have shaped the amazing area
  • Travelling through the Black Reef colony, you can almost touch the gannets in their natural environment
  • Continuing onto the Cape Kidnappers itself, 1.5 hours of free time to picnic, swim, or enjoy a scenic walk to the Plateau colony
  • Stunning views across Hawkes Bay from the top of the Cape
  • The Saddle & Whalebone Reef colonies can also be viewed from here (but are inaccessible to the public)


  • October through to early May


  • The tour operates daily from October through to early May, departure times are tide dependent
  • Tours depart from 475 Clifton Road, Clifton (25 minute drive from Napier, Hastings or Havelock North)
  • Click here for The 2017 Departure Schedule
  • Once you have completed your booking please contact your tour operator to confirm departure time

What To Bring

  • Warm clothing (jacket or windbreaker, sweatshirt etc)
  • Sunhat & sunglasses
  • Comfortable & sturdy walking shoes
  • Food & drink

Additional Information

  • Shuttle service is available, (service must be pre-booked once you have completed the booking you must contact the operator to book in)
  • Depending on the time of your trip, there is plenty of room on the trailers for a picnic lunch or dinner or morning/afternoon tea
  • There is plenty of free parking available on the roadside, and public toilets are available at the departure point in Clifton

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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