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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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A unique experience

The trip to the gannet colonies by tractor on the beach is a unique experience that every visitor... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ricardo P
via mobile
A Must do

This was one of the best trips I have been on. Tractor ride, sun, surf, beach, geological features... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0898
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The trip to the gannet colonies by tractor on the beach is a unique experience that every visitor and resident to the area should do.! The Gannet Beach Adventures owners are highly experienced about customer service and safety. Murray is very knowledgeable about the geology...More

Thank Ricardo P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best trips I have been on. Tractor ride, sun, surf, beach, geological features and smelly chatty gannets with babies. I can thoroughly recommend this trip for all ages. Murray our driver was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions....More

Thank Gingerdandelion
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I really enjoyed this tour lots of interesting information. Ian was our guide he made the day great he was always cracking jokes. It was a lot of fun riding along the beach on the back of a tractor. The hill up...More

Thank Texan4855
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hosts made this really fun and they were really knowledgeable. Loads of info about the rock formations, earthquake history and of course the gannets. Lovely trip along beach on tractor trailer and with a few stops to view rocks and birds.

Thank Jeannie210
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent and well run trip, Murray was a great guide. Value for money! Be warned the walk is steep!

Thank BlackiesMum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great setup, professionally run and really informative commentary about the landscape and gannet colony. Thanks Murray - really enjoyed the day!! Wayne & Michelle (Akl NZ)

Thank Wayne D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even better than I imagined! And a great value. A must do if you are in Hawke’s Bay Area when the gannets are mating and nesting. Cape Kidnappers is dramatic rugged coastline, and the using a tractor to pull passengers was brilliant idea and really...More

1  Thank Annaleise93
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful old tractor pulls comfortable trailers along beach to gannet colonies. Some excitement along the way. Excellent guiding by Murray with interesting geological and wildlife commentary. Ability to get very close to large gannet breeding areas. A great way to spend 4 hours

Thank Charles M
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

A fabulous early morning adventure with the sun coming up sitting on the trailer with our intrepid guide Murray driving the tractor along the waters edge to our final destination some 9 kilometres away passing massive cliff faces showing the passing of time within,with the...More

Thank Derek S
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth doing.four hours of breathtaking scenery.great insight into the formation of the rocks etc. Good fun sitting on the wagon going over the rocks. Good walk up the tracks to see the gannet nesting and hear about their habits etc. Great information not boring...More

Thank jenmarknz
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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