Cape Kidnappers Walking Track

Cape Kidnappers Walking Track

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Maddie F

Ranking: 7/10

Beware of the tide to do this walk, you couldn't do it when it's high tide.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Andrea Mueller

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Good information board about the sea levels so you know where to start and go back. Really nice view of the cliffs. Good possibility to observe the birds.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Lizzie Edmonds

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

More signage would have helped.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Simon Briens

France

Ranking: 7/10

A very good and long trek (18km) on the beach, you can see the gannet colony. Stay at the self-contained place on Clifton Road.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Helna Saumanova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Long walk, but really worthy, cloudy weather, high water, check the tide before you leave,

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Riccardo

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice animal watching with a beautiful beach walk.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Kolar

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic walk!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Laura Constans

France

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk to the beach, we have seen the gannet colony at the end of the walk with a lookout. And the must for the return, a quad pickup for us - very nice!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Benjamin Schyler

France

Ranking: 7/10

Long walk on the beach to see gannets at the end, and a very nice view at the top of the Cape.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 10/10

Did it in November. Started at 9h30 came back at 14h30. Nice walk, you will be very close to the Gannets ;)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Valerie Balcom

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful tidepools and excellent viewing of gannets nesting (some with chicks!). The walk was long and would be made better without the tourist tractors and occasional dirt bike.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Annika Locker

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk and beautiful views. A great time.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Tatiana Racheneau

France

Ranking: 10/10

We expected a harder walkway. You just walk along the beach so very easy. The rock is very beautiful and to get to the end of the cape is a very challenging walk. Be careful with the tide!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Adam Pulkrabek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Long trip on the beach, really nice gannet colony at the end and nice view too. No water and no food along the way.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Paul Larauze

France

Ranking: 8/10

A really nice five hour walk on the beach. Lots of birds and huge cliffs.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Long walk on the beach to the colony - 8km. But it is absolutely worth the effort. The birds are sitting directly next to you.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Yoomm

France

Ranking: 8/10

7 for the walk. A long way along the beach, nice but the return walk is very, very long. Arrived at the end of the beach, up and very nice. And the colony with interesting explanations and a nice panoramic view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Simone De Angiou

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

Sunny and long beach walk. On the top of the rocky cliffs, trees are half hanging in the air. Friendly birds wait on a few rocks close to the Cape.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Elsa Caniato

France

Ranking: 7/10

Free walk of 8km, single way, so four hours return along the beach. Nice landscapes, between ocean and cliffs (beware of the tide). The best is the colony of 10,000 gannets that we can see from a few metres.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Linda and Gunther

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely worth it!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Eva Marsikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

10km walk along a beautiful beach to a large gannet colony (return the same way - that is boring!). Nice views from the cliffs. You get really close to the gannets (and their smell!).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk along the beach to the Gannet colony, highly recommended although it is a 2.5 hour walk! DO NOT use the tractor service, walk all the way for yourself and you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the cliffs.

Always watch the tides, it's a long way to swim back!!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Christopher Buch Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing beach walk with cray dunes and rock/sediment formations and at the end are four huge gannet colonies - so cool.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sophia

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful nature, you save $42 by walking, it is worth to go on top of the mountain at the end.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Serena Poggioli

France

Ranking: 9/10

Good.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Pier Durand

France

Ranking: 9/10

The beach is amazing.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Zuzana Holubova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk along the beach, only during a lowtide, flocks of gannets, beautiful views.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Pierre Gentile

France

Ranking: 8/10

Take your shoes and go see these gannets, so close, awesome experience. But why some commercials go in bus?

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Miriam Grund

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Luca Willensrock

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk on the beach to a gannet colony with an amazing view from the cliffs. 18KMS!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Nelle Dutilleur

France

Ranking: 9/10

This walk is really nice, and it is interesting to see the gannets very close to us

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Angelika Bottcher

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice but a long walk, recommend take drinks, sun hat and sun block and sun glasses.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Reinhard Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Long but beautiful walk along the cliff. at the end you are alone on the beach with the birds.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Ramon Keller

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Easy walk along the shore, 2 hours one way, get the tides information at the i-site in Napier.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Vitek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Soren Storeboerg

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Free if you walk!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Dominique

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

You can take a beautiful walk on the beach along the cliffs to the gannets. Check the tides!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marjolein Hartsuiker

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful beach walk underneath white cliffs. At the end a path leads to the colony and you can get very close to the gannets, 1m!! 18km return trip. Start not earlier than 3 hours after high tide and return no later than 1 1/2 hours after low tide.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Magda Savels

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

That was fun and good information! They take you with a tractor over the beach to the gannets. Top!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Russell Eames

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, stunning scenery and lots of gannets.... 16km beachwalk.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ute Janich

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

You can walk at low tide to a gannet colony along the beach.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Barnhoorh

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great coastline and bird colony.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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K & J Overton

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous hike along the beach, beautiful (but stinky) birds, no people (except the paid tractor but you can time against them), orcas!! Stunning views of the ocean, cliffs and beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Christoph & Maria

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk along the coast, you see thousands of big birds to which you can get very close. Best time in December when they have babies.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Janey Chamberlain

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Walk out to the Cape and see the gannets. About a 5 hour return trip. Must go at low tide.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Chris Kevin

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk along the beach when tides are right. Allow most of the day.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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George Lepple

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning walk along beach in low tide, absolutely must!! highlight at the end: Garnett Colony

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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StijnH

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Great fun, walking among the beach to the gannets colony - nobody there just us and the birds.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Roos

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice and beautiful walk to the gannets.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Wetzel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A very lovely day - great

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Phil Bruce

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Eva

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

very easy walk, big rocks in the water are amazing

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Solveig Mosinski

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Gannet sanctuary really good.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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selinab

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk out to the gannet colony. Timing important for tides and so gannets are nesting.

Reviewed over 9 years ago