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“Gorgeous scenery and fantastic birds”

Gannet Safaris Overland
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Te Awanga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Tour operator - overland tours to Cape Kidnappers, travelling over a working station and thought New Zealand's largest privately owned wildlife sanctuary. Getting to the largest accessible mainland gannet colony in the world - no walking is required.
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We took a 4 wheel drive Land Rover with MICHAEL as our guide. HIS COMMENTARY WAS EDUCATIONAL AND FUN, as his family has lived in the area for generations. He is so aware of the gannet's life cycles that DO CONSERVATION let's him make observation about resident birds. The coastline views are breath taking as you view the 2 colonies.

Thank Ron W
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This has got to be much better than the tractor ride, which is followed by quite a long walk (apparently!). Our bus took us to within touching distance of the gannets.......and the driver even made us a cup of coffee! The driver was VERY knowledgeable of the area and the birds and kept us fully informed for three hours. Great VFM and highly recommended.

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

My husband and I enrolled for the overland Gannet trip from Te Awanga. We were taken in a 4- wheel drive bus along some spectacular and windy countryside. Our driver/guide gave an interesting and informative talk during the steady and sometimes hazardous up to the plateau where we caught our first site of hundreds of Australian Gannets with their young. We were no more than a metre away from them. At the same time we were looking down on a second group far below us ( this colony was approached at low tide only by tractor and walking)
Truly this was a memorable occasion

Thank John C
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Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

Scenic bus ride up to the top of the hills to view the Gannet nesting place. Coffee, tea and cookies are served at the destination while we enjoy the sight. A good experience indeed !

Thank MaggiMee88
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Reviewed 18 January 2017
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