Bird and nature lovers will especially enjoy this scenic off-road adventure to a gannet colony in New Zealand. Depart the pier in your off-road vehicle for the drive past Clive, then continue on for the 11-mile drive across the broad pastures, riverbeds and steep gullies that make up the Summerlee Sheep Station. The Station borders Cape Kidnappers, named by Captain James Cook after local Maori attempted to kidnap a young Tahitian boy from his ship, the Endeavour, in 1769. The area is home to the 15,000 gannet birds that have established themselves here. The gannets are members of the booby family, and feature distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. You will observe them nesting in serried rows, swooping and diving into the sea for food, then preening and performing their ritual dance back on the ground. You will also hear an informative commentary during this scenic ride that stops just a few feet away from the gannet colony itself. At Cape Kidnappers, the panoramic views overlooking Hawke's Bay and the Mahia Peninsula are breath-taking, and offer wonderful photo opportunities. On your return, a delicious morning tea will be served. From here, you will proceed through the centre of Napier, and past its fine Art Deco buildings en route to the pier and ship.
At the colony it is no hardship to "watch for the birdie"!
Morning or afternoon tea will be served at a delightful farming property.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, and bring along some sunscreen and bottled water.