Cape Kidnappers Station & Gannet Safari

  • Port

    Napier, New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ hours

  • Meals Included


Begin your excursion with a drive down Napier’s beautiful Marine Parade with its stand of tall Norfolk pines.

Continue along the Hawke’s Bay coast to Cape Kidnappers Station. From there, the unpaved road crosses rolling pastures, riverbeds and gullies.

Stopping just a few yards from the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers affords a close-up look at the birds. The gannet is a member of the booby family, and is easily recognized by its distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crown. The birds arrive here at the colony in the latter part of July, and their chicks hatch in late November and December. Migration begins again in March.

See gannets swooping and diving into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the ritual dance of recognition. Cape Kidnappers is one of only two known mainland gannet colonies in the world.

Enjoy light refreshments; then, relax for the 30-minute journey back to Napier with an orientation drive through the art deco district en route to the ship.


Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with back or neck problems. A small snack is included; the snack is not a meal.