Gannet Colony

Scenic, Family

Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. A part of the Booby family, these birds have incredibly distinct markings and a fascinating migration pattern.

Visit the colony and you will see gannets nesting in rows and carrying out their daily routines. The birds are in residence from September until early May. In September they return from various coastal sites around the country and build their nest in readiness for the laying of eggs and the hatching of their chicks. Come April or May, these chicks fly to Australia where they will spend 2-3 years before they return to their homeland for life.

The Can-Am Tour is a great way to see the colonies or if you are feeling adventurous, take a picnic and venture out toward the colony either on foot or mountain bike.

We also offer an Exclusive Gannet Tour to visit the vast reaches of the Plateau Colony whilst having the undivided attention of a local guide. These tours have been lead through Cape Kidnappers for 35 years. The guides have up to date information, not only about these beautiful birds but about the property too. 


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