Cape Kidnappers Safaris

Known in Maori mythology as the hook with which Maui fished the North Island from the sea, Cape Kidnappers received its modern name from Captain James Cook after local Maori attempted to kidnap a young Tahitian boy from his ship Endeavour.

The dramatic promontory of Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest and most spectacular mainland colony of gannets in the world. The 20,000 gannets are members of the booby family with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown.
 
Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows. In the air, birds swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets' recognition ritual.
 
Cape Kidnappers Wilderness Safaris offer tour options over private land on Cape Kidnappers Peninsula, one of Hawkes Bay's most iconic landscapes. There are few other places in New Zealand where it is possible to see so much in one locality.
 
All of the tours weave along high ridges, affording magnificent views of Hawkes Bay & the Pacific Ocean, before descending a coastal escarpment to some of the finest beaches and dune systems in the country. The dunes contain many native dune plants, the bones of moa and other extinct birds and numerous archaeological sites, some dating back 600 years. Returning, one travels through regenerating kanuka forests, now a reserve for kiwi and other forest birds.
 
These tours are designed for visitors to experience spectacular scenery, coastal landscapes, early New Zealand history, flora and fauna and some of New Zealand's rare native wildlife.
 
We would be pleased to give you advice and assist with bookings for this tour.
 
For more information about the gannets you may like to visit the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safaris website.