New Zealand

Gannet Beach Adventures

Location:Napier & Hawkes Bay

This unique, fun eco-experience tour involves travel with local experienced guides by vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world! Established in 1952, Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers.

Departing on the days’ low tide, visitors travel by tractor and trailer along the majestically rugged coastline.  Photographic opportunities abound as stops are made throughout the journey giving visitors an insight into how nature’s forces have shaped this amazing area.

Travelling through the Black Reef colony (one of two colonies we visit) visitors can almost touch the gannets in their natural environment, without even stepping off the trailer. Depending on the time of the season, visitors can witness new-born chicks, through to 4-month old gannets preparing for their first ever flight, which will take them all the way to Australian waters.

Tour Tips:

  • Daily departures from late September/early October to late April; departure times vary daily due to tides 
  • Bring: warm clothing, hat, sunscreen and suitable walking shoes
  • A moderate level of fitness is required for a climb to the main colony 

© Copyright 2012 - 2019. Kiwiway Vacations.
Tourism websites by Tomahawk