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Gannet Beach Adventures

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Address: 475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-875 0898
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get...

“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get towed along the beach by a 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor to a bird colony?” Established in 1952, Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. This unique, fun eco-experience tour involves travel with local experienced guides by vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. Departing on the days’ low tide, visitors travel by tractor and trailer along the majestically rugged coastline. Photographic opportunities abound as stops are made throughout the journey giving visitors an insight into how nature’s forces have shaped this amazing area.

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Great few hours of fun.

This trip was unique and great fun. Such good value at $44 for over 4 hours entertainment. A little bumpy at times, the tractor ride along the beach and through the water had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trip was unique and great fun. Such good value at $44 for over 4 hours entertainment. A little bumpy at times, the tractor ride along the beach and through the water had great sights along the way. Our guides were informative and funny. At Cape Kidnappers the track was steep but the fierce wind definitely assisted us in getting... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are a group of 6 friends in their sixties, all with heaps of travel experience, and I would definitely rate this excursion as one of the best I've ever done. The tractor ride was fantastic, with our great guide who was both knowledgeable and fun. Loved the info re the birds, (not only gannets), the cliff face geology, and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great (and long) trip along a rough stony beach in a trailer pulled by a beach tractor - if you have extra padding, bring it along to sit on! The guide will tell you about the local geology and wildlife, and at the far end you get to walk uphill to the gannet colony. Be aware that... More 

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Thank Margaret R
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Margaret, glad you enjoyed your day. Regarding the walk, we obviously try and make sure people are aware of the this before they take our trip and there is quite detailed information about it in the pre-trip safety information that we provide to passengers. We do appreciate that it isn't suitable for everyone, and we pass... More 

Delph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At 44nzd each this is perhaps the best deal in Hawkes Bay. Informative and fun, tour guides have knowledge and a sense of humour. The receptionist taking bookings was chatty and helpful.

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Thank John R
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks John - appreciate your feedback, especially to hear you think our tour is great value for money! Thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The timing of this trip is dependent on tide times and on our day of choice the departure time was 8.00am, with pick up from our Napier motel an hour earlier. My 14 year old son was not thrilled at the prospect of a 6.30am wakeup call on holiday but once we set off down the beach on a tractor-towed... More 

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Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your great feedback Kim - so pleased you both enjoyed your day! Appreciate you taking the time to review us. Many thanks. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an excellent half day trip on Sunday 13 November. We left on the tractor at 8:30am. The tractor ride is made both informative and entertaining by the driver. Our tractor driver was Rod. Good explanations are given of the natural features of the cliffs and surrounding land is given on the ride to the cape and back. We... More 

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Thank Neil W
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Neil - great to hear you enjoyed your day! Appreciate the advice for fellow travellers. Thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was a really unique and awesome day out and just so much more than I expected. The ride along the beach on a trailer pulled by the tractor was an experience in itself and that alone was worth the money. In addition to this our Driver/Guide made the trip fun, kept us safe and had so much information on... More 

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Thank Oditty
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Oditty for your wonderful review! Great to hear you had such a memorable time with us and enjoyed every aspect of the tour! Many thanks again. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

Long Island
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We had heard about "The tractor Ride on the Beach", and it sounded like fun. We got so much more from the trip: the gannets were beautiful, the geology lessons were fascinating, and the natural beauty of the land was exquisite. Add to that, the fun of the tractor ride (trailer) on the beach. Colin was incredibly informative and kind.

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Thank Susan K
Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Susan! So pleased you enjoyed the trip, and that we managed to surpass your expectations - it is always nice to hear that, and know we must be doing something right! Many thanks. Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

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71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I really enjoyed this trip to see the gannets along the beach on a trailer pulled by a tractor. It's so much more than just seeing birds! Be aware that when you get to the end of the beach you have to walk up a vertical hill to get to the second and third colonies. The day I went at... More 

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Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Nicnac23 - pleased you enjoyed the tour with us, but maybe not so much the walk by the sounds of things! As this part of the tour is in the Dept. of Conservation Reserve, the walking track is maintained by them and falls under their guidelines of an "easy walk", which is recommended as being suitable... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Very friendly, good natured, humorous spirited Kiwi guides with an awesome means of travel. Knowledgeable on local geography and gannet habitat and migration. Fun outing. Highly recommended.

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Gannetgirl, Owner at Gannet Beach Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, much appreciated! Kind regards Kim Gannet Beach Adv. More 

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