Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay Region

#3 of 47 in Parks in Hawke's Bay Region
Home to two large gannet colonies, Cape Kidnappers is a rugged headline at the end of a peninsula protruding deep into the Pacific Ocean. Named after an attempt by the local Maori to kidnap a Tahitian servant from explorer James Cook's ship, the headland remains designated as an important bird area and serves as a breeding site for nearly 3,000 pairs of gannets. The birds nest between November and February, which remains the best time to visit this protected natural world. Visit the headland at low tide and remember that nesting gannets do not like fast movements or loud noises. Put Cape Kidnappers into our Hawke's Bay Region online travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Hawke's Bay Region.
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  • What a wonderful hike! Everyone recommended. TIP: Keep track of the times indicated by the visitor centre! You have to deal with ebb and flood, if you leave late you can not go back. Ensure good walking shoes and good clothing against the wind. Due to the many warnings the track was very quiet. Total 4 people have done the hike. The beautiful vistas, beautiful rock faces, wild sunning sea lions and of course the great colony on top of the mountain. We walked for 5 hours but was absolutely worth it!
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  • If there is a golf course at the end of the land, it would be the very best place to be here, but i was so happy with my friends, but there was a disadvantage that it was difficult to find the entrance.
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  • Even if you don’t go all the way to the bird colony at the end, it’s a stunning walk along the beach. Towering cliffs overhead. Beautiful geography. An easy to navigate beach walk, though pay attention to tides. There are some inlets to explore that look like they fill with water when it rains. But don’t expect to be able to climb up to the top of the cliff face anywhere easily. There is parking at the end of the road, then walking through a trailer park at the beginning of the beach. Great views. Highly recommend this hike.
  • Great walk to the beach and excellent scenes of cliffs and a huge numbers of birds to seen around . Loads to capture for those photo freaks and some good aerial view too
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