July 2020:  DOC to re-open Cape Kidnappers track

DOC have announced that their track will re-open and they are anticipating that this will occur prior to the up-coming 2020-21 gannet season.  The track will be downgraded and reclassified and we await DOC’s clarification of what this means for the current amenities onsite.

Although we are pleased with their decision which allows everyone to once again return to enjoy this area, it does not mean that we can automatically resume our tours.  Bookings are still currently on hold while we work with both DOC and Hastings District Council to establish a sustainable and viable outcome for our business.

The safety of our passengers and staff has always been a huge focus of ours and, we believe, is evident in the longevity of our business.  We operate along a fascinating geological coastline that continues to change and evolve, and always will.  We agree wholeheartedly with one of the conclusions from the GNS report that recommends people wishing to visit Cape Kidnappers along the beach route should ‘take advantage of the local knowledge, and reduced exposure time, by going on an organised tour’.

We look forward to updating you soon with further developments and we thank everyone for the support we continue to receive.

Colin & Kim Lindsay – GBA


Discover the magic of Cape Kidnappers – the ocean, the majestic cliffs and the gannets. Join our experienced guides and visit the largest mainland gannet colony in the world!


Come on a unique, fun eco-experience tour, in sunny Hawke’s Bay. Our tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized service and guides who point out the natural and geological wonders of the area.

Our tour provides a 4-hour mild adventure, travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers and we are proud to have helped people enjoy this amazing area safely for over 68 years.

During the tour you will:

  • Spend time with and get incredibly close to the majestic gannets in their natural habitat;
  • Discover how nature has shaped and formed the towering cliffs of the Cape Kidnappers coastline;
  • View ancient earthquake fault lines & fossils, and see gullies formed by wind and water;
  • Enjoy a memorable tour experience while travelling on our iconic vintage tractors.

A ride with Gannet Beach Adventures can be many things – a nice day beside the sea, an opportunity to view the amazing wildlife, or a trip back in time as told by the layers in the coastal cliffs. Put them all together and it is a really special experience – come and see for yourself!

The adult gannets are all back in full-force by the time we open each September. The chicks start appearing from mid to late November, and they will leave the colonies at around 15-16 weeks of age. As the adults start to leave once their chick has fledged, bird numbers do get low during the latter part of our season (late March/April).

Gannet Beach Adventures

About the Tour.

Our unique and fun eco-experience will see you travel with our experienced local guides by vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable 4-hour adventure discovering the wonders of the local coastline and heading out to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world! There’ll be lots of Wow! moments and some great pic’s to be taken. You won’t want to miss our exclusively ‘Kiwi’ adventure while you are in Hawke’s Bay.

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Bookings are essential.

We only run one tour per day, and as our tours are extremely popular our trailers can fill up – make sure you book early to avoid being disappointed!