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Gannet Safaris Overland

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Address: 396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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Magical, awesome and incredibly moving to see this gannet colony

Rob was our guide and it was a fabulous tour. We met Rob at Te Awanga at about 9am. It was a very interesting journey to the gannet colony as Rob is a wealth of information... read more

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Gold Coast
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rob was our guide and it was a fabulous tour. We met Rob at Te Awanga at about 9am. It was a very interesting journey to the gannet colony as Rob is a wealth of information. The land we had to cross to gain access to the gannets is owned by a very wealthy American who has developed a luxurious... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friends recommended this option and we were not disappointed. The driver was friendly & knowledgeable with a lot of local information. The drive out was very interesting with great views and a variety of scenery. Seeing the gannets up close was fascinating. Plenty of time for photos and stretching the legs.

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Colchester, Essex, UK
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a really special thing to do in NZ. We booked via the Napier I-site, but booking direct is easy too. Ours was very nearly a private tour with just us and another couple taken to within a few feet of the gannets. We were fortunate in that, although we visited towards the end of the 'season' when some... More 

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John W, Reservations Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed the experience. Kindest regards More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We went on this 3 hour morning tour with Wayne, who has lived and worked in this area of most of his life. His explanation of the geology of the area was very informative and his knowledge of the flora and fauna, local to the area was excellent. The drive though the 5000 acre property was amazing and we ended... More 

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Pinole, California
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

I did not expect this lovely excursion when I signed up for it on the cruise ship. It is a small tour in an off road van that drives off road to a gannet colony. The scenery to the colony was amazing, thru many locked gates, great information and the colony of nesting birds, baby fuzzy birds, adolescent birds sitting... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The whole experience from the drive through Clifton Station, through to the actual Gannet viewing was awesome. It was complemented the entire time by Rob,s informative and interesting commentary. Would recommend not only to our overseas visitor,s but to all Kiwi,s as well.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Only public access to Cape Kidnappers which is now the site of an upmarket golf course ranked 16 in the world. Site also a nature conservancy to protect native birds including kiwis. Guides also work as volunteers on the conservancy. Absolute access to gannet colony with over 20,000 birds. We opted to also hike along the beach the day before... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We are so glad we took the overland route. The scenery was amazing and our guide, Rob, was great. The getting to the gannets was a bonus adventure. Nice stops along the way to enjoy and appreciate the views, thanks Rob. The gannets were plentiful! We were lucky to see a chick about 3 days old. We are in average... More 

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gannetsafaris, General Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this review

Thank you. Aren't the baby chicks fantastic to see! Its wonderful being driven right to the gannets isn't it! Happy travles. Cheers More 

Weaverville, North Carolina
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is a super fun excursion for all. You can't help but love the sweet gannets as they tend their offspring. And seeing thousands of birds in one small area is remarkable. Plus, this is your chance to see stunning landscapes and learns about the Hawkes Bay region- sheep, cattle, wine, and Art Deco. We loved this day!!

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gannetsafaris, General Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. There's so much to see on the trip isn't there! It's wonderful to hear that it was a high point. Cheers More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I booked this tour along with 2 other members of our party of 6 who were visiting the area. I wasn't so sure that a morning looking at birds would hold my attention that much to be honest but my how wrong I was! It was a warm morning 29 degrees at 9 o clock so the provision of air... More 

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gannetsafaris, General Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Gannet Safaris. Its a fabulous trip and we love hearing how much everyone enjoyes our trip. Rob is fabulous! Cheers More 

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