Beach access to Cape Kidnappers goes through an active rockfall zone
Image: DOC



This route is along a beach and is subject to landslides and rockfall. It can only be attempted at low tide.

19 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 hr return Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

This walk is along a beach and can only be attempted during low tide. Don’t get caught out by the tide – leave yourself enough time to return safely by checking the tide timetable.

The track from the beach to the plateau gannet colony is closed from July to the week before Labour Weekend each year, to limit disturbance to the returning birds. Labour Weekend dates.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Level 2
Dunvegan House
215 Hastings Street
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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