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Gannet Beach Adventures

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Hop on board our vintage tractor-trailers for a unique, fun eco-experience with your Gannet Beach Adventures guide. Stops along the way give you an insight into how nature’s forces have shaped the cliffs and there are lots of great photo spots...more
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475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0898
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The tractor journey out to the headland to view the nesting gannets is about as wild a journey you will ever make, bumping over rough boulders and getting stuck in soft gravel, whilst doing battle with the ebbing or flooding tide. However, the guided commentary...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank newinncottage
Reviewed 3 days ago

The closest I've ever been to a Gannet Colony, just incredible to see so many of them so near! The trip to the Colony was great too with fascinating tour of the local geology and fun trailer ride along the beach too. Our Guide (Murray)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank YarisScotland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great day out .The ride on tractor trailer to and from the Gannet Colony being the highlight. Ian our tractor driver was informative about the geology of the cliffs/area and we saw the fault lines and layers on cliffs and I learnt about the ancient...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chrissy g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting, fun way to explore the local cliff landscape and spot nesting terns as well as the large colonies of gannets. These are amazing sea birds and the tour leaders are well informed and entertaining too!

Thank ninag9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main point of the trip may be to see the gannet colony, but the drivers make the trip fun and educational. Expect to pick up some geology and local history on route as well as bird and shore life.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mythaluk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The magic to this trip is by the TRACTOR and should only be done this way!! Men women young & old will all love it to bits. It was the best trip I experienced in my 3 short weeks in New Zealand and was absolutely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ShenYanLiow
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The four hour tour went so fast with a fun tractor ride, lots of information about the geology and landscape provided by the excellent tour guide and walk up to the see the Gannet Colony. The views up to the colony are spectacular. This is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank powderpuff12345
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

What a great way to spend 4 hours on a lovely sunny morning. Our guide collected us with his tractor and wagons (there were 30+ of us). Guide was very informative, funny and passionate not only about gannets but also the area, rock formations and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Food_Travel_10
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

Big thanks to Murray our tractor driver! Brought our 4 kids 11-15yrs on the trip and 2 littles 3-4yrs and both groups of ages enjoyed hugely. Many moments a smile creeped onto my face. Gannets themselves do have a particularly smelly fragrance and the hike...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Daydream53804121993
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I headed out to Cape Kidnappers on this awesome tour today, I wasn't 100% sure what to expect.. it was sooo much fun - an arvo filled with history, geology, a range of beautiful birds, some goats, stunning landscapes and even a...More

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Melissa G
23 January 2017|
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Response from Gannetgirl | Property representative |
Hi - thanks for your question. The walk to the top colony is optional - we have a colony of gannets located on the beach so you don't miss out on seeing the birds if you can't or don't wish to do the walk. The tractors... More