A Unique Hawke’s Bay Wildlife Encounter
Drive along the scenic coast from Napier to Te Awanga and join Gannet Safaris Overland to visit the worlds largest, most accessible gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
Gannet Safaris Overland has been providing gannet safari tours, guiding visitors over Cape Kidnappers for over 50 years.
Our safaris are the only way to be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. There is absolutely no walking required.
Our Gannet Safari Tours cater for individuals, small or large groups. The seating capacity is 100 at any time. Private exclusive tours are also available.
Get Up Close with Gannet Safaris Tours
An adventure in itself, you will safari over to the picturesque Cape Kidnappers Station over traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, steep gullies, and the most breathtaking 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay and beyond.
With no walking required, you will reach New Zealand’s largest privately-owned nature reserve – an untouched paradise for wildlife. Gannets, and other rare bird species have a secure space to live freely and to roam through the reserve.
Choose between 4 of our regular tours or book a school tour to discover the natural beauty of Cape Kidnappers and the habitat of the Gannets.
Open from 1st September – 30th April, Including Christmas Day!
You are welcome to join our daily tours which run twice a day, at 9.30 am and 1.30 pm.
You will travel in comfort in our air conditioned 4 x 4 vehicles, through Cape Kidnappers Station – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines.
There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke’s Bay right across to the Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide / driver on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station, local Maori legend and an introduction to the gannets.
On arrival at the gannets you can stretch your legs if you like and take in the spectacular scenery 100 metres above the Pacific Ocean. Here your driver / guide will serve you light refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets perform around you.
Private Tours Hawke’s Bay
Experience a Gannet Safari Overland Tour catered to your own wishes and needs. Book a private tour and create personalised, lifelong memories. Available for individuals and groups, discover the natural wonders and wildlife of Cape Kidnappers in beautiful Hawke’s Bay anytime from sunrise to sunset.
We will work together with you to create an itinerary that helps you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience into the heart of the largest most accessible Gannet colony in the world.
We will also provide morning/afternoon tea or breakfast, depending on the time of your tour.
Hawke’s Bay Sunrise Tours
The East Cape and Hawke’s Bay Coast are the first places in the world to see the sun rise out of the ocean. Join us on our private sunrise tour and have your own personal encounter with the magnificent gannets. With the sun rising over the plateau – you will feel a new kind of connection to the nature and beauty of our country.
When you reach the colony, you’ll be mesmerised by the spectacular birds with their distinctive eye markings and golden crowns. Be within just a few feet of adults and chicks, nesting and preening themselves as well as performing their courtship dance.
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast of croissants, ham & cheese, pastries, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruit, plunger coffee and fresh juice while overlooking the incredible vista.
Cruise Ship Tours from Napier
We also offer a regular tour with transfers from Napier for cruise ship passengers.
This tour can only be booked directly though our website and is not available via any 3rd party online platform.
Tours are 4 hours return from Napier.