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Gannet Colony

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Address: Cape Kidnappers, Clifton, New Zealand
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You should see this once in your life.

This is a wonderful place to visit and see nature at it's best. Stunning views and gannets raising their hatchlings.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lasseter4242
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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to visit and see nature at it's best. Stunning views and gannets raising their hatchlings.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a unique adventure and if you like sea, cliffs and birds this is a trip not to miss. You can walk there but it's a long way and going on a tractor, though pretty bumpy and sometimes a bit hair raising, was fun. The drivers know what they are doing so you are safe. The walk at the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we loved this trip - the tractor ride was amazing and the gannet colony was so interesting. great to see

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

A tractor ride along the beautiful coastline a tour guide with experience and knowledge and a sense of humor not to be faulted. (thanks Murray) The Gannet colony didn't disappoint either these bird are magnificent, parent birds protecting their young on the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers. You get real close to the birds as they come and go and sit... More 

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Northants
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

You can sit beside the colony, really close to the birds, just a rope to remind you not to get so close that you disturb them. It is magical to see how the nests are organised just out of reach of the next bird, to study the birds as they greet one another when one of them returns from the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting these gannets is a great adventure. I'd recommend taking the coastline route to visit them.

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Thank Mike H
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Gannets are cute birds, very loyal to their partners and fiercely protective about their nests.. and you can see all of it at the gannet colony . We went in January, saw their nests , eggs, babies , feeding and fighting... all at one visit!! The strategically located viewing platforms help in getting a very close view , birds seem... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Beautiful unique birds that only nest in this area and a remote area in Australia. They mate for life and are most amazing to watch. Be sure to take the time to visit while in Hastings.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We joined the tour,which was tractors pulling trailers along the beach to the Gannets. Our day had 5 tractors so they can deal with large groups of all ages. It was a fun drive down the beach with Murray our driver telling us about the layers of rocks, pointing out the earthquake fault lines and birds. We could only go... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The trip itself starts with a 2 or 3 km ride on a tractor-drawn cart from Clifton along the beach at low tide to go most of the way out to the point at Cape Kidnappers where the Gannet Reserve is. There is a walk up to one Gannet nesting area on the plateau where hundreds of gannets are nesting... More 

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