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Gannet Beach Adventures

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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...more
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475 Clifton Road, Clifton 4180, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0898
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All reviews tractor ride gannet colony cape kidnappers great adventure hawkes bay steep walk geological features eye level recommend this trip picnic area fun ride sense of humour rock formations driver guide four hours well worth the effort a lot of fun
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a mid-afternoon trip with GBA. The trip along the beach was enjoyable, with stops for the driver to tell us about the interesting geology of the area. The scenery at the end of the Cape was spectacular, and the gannets were fascinating, and...More

Thank JulieL5681
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun on the tractors. The geology was great for the kids and adults alike. Highly recommend this if you are coming to Hawkes Bay.

Thank Sym G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went about 20yrs back way older path a lot steppie but knocked it off the bucket list better to travel by tractor more to see and many thanks to our guide MURRAY good knowledge and thanks for the seat up front on the tractor thought...More

Thank billjohnson291
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My grandsons and I had a fabulous afternoon on the tractors rolling up cape kidnappers to the gannet colonies. The trip up the cape on the beach was very informative about geology and history. The walk at the end of the cape was wonderful with...More

Thank jbpurple
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Get a group of friends together and do this trip or do it solo. All is good. The day we went was hot but being by the ocean meant we were cool and comfortable on that hot day. You do need to get yourself out...More

Thank cjenssen
Reviewed 16 July 2018

This tour puts you in a carriage pulled by a bright red tractor along a gorgeous section of beach that winds along the coast to cape kidnappers. Along the way you learn about the history of the region, about the birds, and also about geological...More

Thank alexfvarney
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
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
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 PaulaG1089
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!!

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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