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Gannet Safaris Overland

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396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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An amazingly fun trip.

Seeing the Gannet colony on land is amazing enough in itself, but our host, David, had made this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vichit V
Birds, Birds, Birds

It is thrilling to see such a large colony of Gannets. You are close to them so it is easy to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marlene T
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Tour operator - overland tours to Cape Kidnappers, travelling over a working station and thought New Zealand's largest privately owned wildlife sanctuary. Getting to the largest accessible mainland gannet colony in the world - no walking is required.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seeing the Gannet colony on land is amazing enough in itself, but our host, David, had made this trip even more enjoyable with his knowledge and senses of humour. Lots of knowledge, amazing view of the landscape, and fascinating wildlife. Great fun for our family.

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing. There is so much to take in and see on the trip, we love hearing how much people enjoy our tour. Cheers

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is thrilling to see such a large colony of Gannets. You are close to them so it is easy to observe their behaviors and antics. The guides are knowledgeable and informative with lots of experience. The buses are air conditioned and comfortable. This is...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you. The birds are just stunning to watch aren't they. Its a wonderful tour and we're please you were able to enjoy it with us. Cheers

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful time during this safari, interesting commentary from our guide Jan (amazing driving skills in the rough terrain!) and tranquil scenery. I am not a big bird lover, but the gannet colony did look beautiful! Jan did do brief stops and narrated...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's such a wonderful tour isn't it. Thank you for enjoying it with us. Jan is a super driver/guide as are all our guides - they all have such a passion for the birds and history of the land. Cheers

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Although this was late in the season, there were a large number of adult gannets to be seen, on land and in the air. There were also about ten young, still in juvenile plumage and waiting for food. They are magnificent birds in the air,...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for reviewing Gannet Safaris Overland. Graham is a fabulous driver/guide, I will pass on how much you enjoyed his trip. Yes, although there aren’t many young birds left its still amazing watching the ones left. The scenery is amazing isn’t it, we are...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I toured the gannet colony with Gannet Safari Overland this morning and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our guide David was very knowledgeable and entertained our group with anecdotes and jokes interspersed with information. The trip is much more than just gannets, and...More

Thank Mark T
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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you. Yes, there is so much to learn and see on our trip as well as the magnificent birds. I’m pleased you have a wonderful time. Happy travels.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Drive through beautiful private land only accessible to the public through this tour. Our tour guide and driver was knowledgeable and entertaining. Enjoy the fantastic view of the sea from high ground. Then wow!! Suddenly we were in front of the colony of gannets. What...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you – yes, it amazing how close one can get to the birds. They are memorising to watch, and the views are stunning. Cheers

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

What a wonderful experience taking this tour with Gannet Safaris Overland! Our driver was David and honestly, he made the 3 hours pass so quickly. He has great knowledge of the area and it was a truly enjoyable trip. We will recommend Gannet Safaris Overland...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you. We love hearing how much people enjoyed their experience with us. It’s a super awesome trip and we are very lucky to be able to share it with everyone. Cheers

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Graham was a tour driver today, he was excellent. He provided narrative the whole three hour excursion. Full marks to him. Even though it was bumpy and up/down in spots, this tour had it all. The scenery surpass my expectations. The gannets We’re very interesting...More

Thank Wayne J
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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for reviewing Gannet Safaris Overland. Graham is a fabulous driver/guide, I will pass on how much you enjoyed his trip. It’s a great trip and so much to see. Happy travels!

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We were a group of 42 Probus Club members on a trip to Hawkes Bay. From the start, all communication with the staff was efficient, friendly and informative. On the day, our two drivers, Trevor and Graham were amazing. They impressed us with the standard...More

Thank busterNewZealand
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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Excellent. Thank you for reviewing us. It is an awesome Hawkes Bay tour to enjoy. Hope you get to come back another time. It was a please having your group. Cheers

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Great commentary by our guide Jan. Lots of information about the estate, owners, wildlife and of course the birds. The bus trip was a little bouncy but it is on 4wd farm tracks and necessary to reach the colony. The gannets seemed unconcerned at our...More

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gannetsafaris, Manager at Gannet Safaris Overland, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you. We love hearing how much people enjoyed their experience with us. It’s a super awesome trip and we are very lucky to be able to share it with everyone. Jan is a wonderful driver/guide.

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