Activities

Gannet Colony Tour (4hrs)

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?!
More FUN than you ever imagined!

We Provide

Complimentary sunscreen is provided at our ticket office, and is also available on-board the tractors.

We sell a few basic snacks (chocolate bars, chips, peanuts & ice-creams) and drinks. Hygge Clifton Cafe is located across the road from our departure point, however they are not always open at our departure times (please check their opening days/times won their website or Facebook page).
Souvenirs are also available for purchase from our ticket office.

Please Bring

Please dress for the weather on the day - remember it is always a bit cooler on the beach and contrary to popular belief it does sometimes rain in Hawke's Bay! We recommend warm clothing (jacket or windbreaker, sweatshirt etc), sunhat, sunscreen & sunglasses, covered walking shoes (not jandals!). You're welcome to bring along food & drink - there is plenty of room on the trailers for a picnic lunch or dinner, or morning/afternoon tea.

Carseats are recommended for infants aged under 2yrs (strollers/pushchairs are not recommended).

Restrictions

Our tour caters for all ages, levels of fitness and abilities but we know that some of our passengers have special requirements. If you have a disability or any other concern, please talk to us, look through our FAQ's or check our well being policy on our website, here: http://www.gannets.com/pages/wellbeing.html.

The walk up to the top colony is optional - it is rather steep in places (it is approx. 1.3km and you are going from beach level up to around 100m). NB: This walk is in the Dept. of Conservation Reserve and is maintained by them - they classify it as an "easy walk". However if you can't do the walk you still see the gannets at the Black Reef colony, which is located on the beach - you can view the birds here without even getting off the trailer!

For safety reasons, please let us know if any of you has any other physical or medical condition/s that we need to be made aware of - this is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment of the tour at all times.
Please ensure you read through our attached Safety Information before the trip.

Our tour is an outdoor adventure, where conditions can sometimes change quickly - PLEASE COME PREPARED.
Tours may be cancelled with little notice or we may have to turn back en-route due to conditions outside of our control to ensure your safety. We may have to contact you on the day of the tour to cancel so please ensure you provide accurate contact details with your booking. Refer to our cancellation and refund policies in this regard, and appreciate that these decisions are made from a health & safety perspective with your best interests at heart.

Duration

The total tour duration is approximately 4 hours; however please note that due to beach conditions we can sometimes run over time. The stop at Cape Kidnappers lasts approximately 1.5hrs.

Season

Late September to late April

Black Reef Tour (2.5-3hrs) - (Limited availability for these tours, please check schedule)

This shorter tour runs when late tide times prevent us from running the full trip and goes to the first colony of gannets, located at Black Reef. For Summer 2018/19, the Black Reef Tour will replace our standard tour on the following dates:
Friday 16th November
Saturday 1st December
Monday 17th December
Thursday 28th February
Friday 15th March
Friday 29th March
Saturday 13th April

We Provide

Complimentary sunscreen is provided at our ticket office, and is also available on-board the tractors.

We sell a few basic snacks (chocolate bars, chips, peanuts & ice-creams) and drinks. Hygge Clifton Cafe is located across the road from our departure point, however they are not always open at our departure times (please check their opening days/times on their website or Facebook page).
Souvenirs are also available for purchase from our ticket office.

Please Bring

Please dress for the weather on the day - remember it is always a bit cooler on the beach and contrary to popular belief it does sometimes rain in Hawke's Bay! We recommend warm clothing (jacket or windbreaker, sweatshirt etc), sunhat, sunscreen & sunglasses, covered walking shoes (not jandals!). You are welcome to bring along food & drink - there is plenty of room on the trailers for a picnic lunch or dinner, or morning/afternoon tea.

Carseats are recommended for infants aged under 2yrs (strollers/pushchairs are not recommended).

Restrictions

Our tour caters for all ages, levels of fitness and abilities but we know that some of our passengers have special requirements. If you have a disability or any other concern, please talk to us, look through our FAQ's or check our well being policy on our website, here: http://www.gannets.com/pages/wellbeing.html.

The walk up to the top colony is optional - it is rather steep in places (it is approx. 1.3km and you are going from beach level up to around 100m). NB: This walk is in the Dept. of Conservation Reserve and is maintained by them - they classify it as an "easy walk". However if you can't do the walk you still see the gannets at the Black Reef colony, which is located on the beach - you can view the birds here without even getting off the trailer!

For safety reasons, please let us know if any of you has any other physical or medical condition/s that we need to be made aware of - this is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment of the tour at all times.
Please ensure you read through our attached Safety Information sheet before the trip.

Our tour is an outdoor adventure, where conditions can sometimes change quickly - PLEASE COME PREPARED.
Tours may be cancelled with little notice or we may have to turn back en-route due to conditions outside of our control to ensure your safety. We may have to contact you on the day of the tour to cancel so please ensure you provide accurate contact details with your booking. Refer to our cancellation and refund policies in this regard, and appreciate that these decisions are made from a health & safety perspective with your best interests at heart.

Duration

Approx 2.5 - 3 hours.

Season

Late September to late April