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Gannet Beach Adventures

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475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0898
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Gannet beach adventures

Murray is wonderful loved every part of the trip. Highly recommend to all. I will definitely do... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Sophieandeli
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Napier, New Zealand
via mobile
Highly Recommend!!

Thank you Murray for an awesome afternoon! He was super informative, kind and considerate. We had a... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2018
dodgemara
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Napier, New Zealand
via mobile
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“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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“tractor ride” (49 reviews)
“gannet colony” (110 reviews)
“cape kidnappers” (68 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
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+64 6-875 0898
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"awesome adventure"
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Murray is wonderful loved every part of the trip. Highly recommend to all. I will definitely do this again😊😊

Thank Sophieandeli
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Thank you Murray for an awesome afternoon! He was super informative, kind and considerate. We had a group of 8 and were all able to sit together on a trailer. I felt very safe with his skillful but fun driving - a few bounces over...More

Thank dodgemara
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Although I’ve grown up in Hawkes Bay and now live back here with my young family I have never been out on the Tractor/Trailer to Cape Kidnappers. Today was my first and definetly not my last time. The tour was amazing, Colin our driver was...More

Thank Paula G
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Murray was our driver of the day. He had a great depth of knowledge and excellent driving skills. It was a little wet but nothing a tarp couldn’t fix. A very enjoyable trip. Thank you!!

Thank Heather8916
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

If in Hawke's Bay, then this is one great experience which should not be missed. Tractor trail, knowledgeable crew, spectacular surroundings make this a memorable experience for the entire family. Strongly recommended.

Thank Tanmoy C
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Great fun riding on trailer pulled by tractor along coast line to Gannet colony. The drivers Colin and Murray made this experience fun and also educational as they stopped to give information about the geological features of the cliffs and Gannets as they went. Lots...More

Thank gailrd58
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

What a great afternoon. This trip lasts 4hrs & you are exposed to the elements for all of it. 1hr ride on trailer towed by a tractor along the beach through the sea & over rocks so you need to hold on tight & be...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Us and another couple thoroughly enjoyed riding on trailers pulled by sturdy 1949 tractors driven by Murray (our driver) and Colin to cape kidnappers. Great adventure - along the beach for 10 km fitting in on the narrow strip of sand/rocks between the receding tide...More

Thank Janine C
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Great day out Murray, steep climb but worth it. A must to do in Hawkes Bay. John and Patsy from Taranaki.

Thank 479Johno
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Loved it all - from fun tractor ride Looking at amazing views to the beautiful coastline walk up to see the gannet colony. Our guide (and driver) Murray was knowledgeable, articulate and humorous - very easy to listen to and a great history and geology...More

Thank Erin M
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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
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