Hawke's Bay region

Australasian gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Photo: Rod Morris.

Australasian gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers

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The Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve is managed by the Department of Conservation for the purpose of protecting the gannet nesting sites.

The 13 hectare reserve includes the Saddle and Black Reef gannet colonies. Both are closed to public access, however the Black Reef colony can be viewed from the beach. The Plateau colony is the main place for viewing the nesting gannets where there are also good panoramic views from this elevated headland.

There are spectacular geological cliff formations on the coast to Cape Kidnappers.

View the Cape Kidnappers brochure (PDF, 869K).


Cape Kidnappers is southest of Napier on the East Coast of the North Island in the Hawke's Bay region.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
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