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Nature and Activities in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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Gannet Beach Adventures

Hastings

Adventure activities

Kids and grown-ups will love this mild and information-packed adventure. A cheery orange true-vintage tractor trundles its comfy trailer along the cliff-lined beach to Cape Kidnappers, the world’s largest accessible gannet nesting site. As the longest standing visitor attraction in Hawke’s Bay (these guys have been dishing out facts on the intriguing gannets and fantastic local geology for 54 years) their knowledge and experience is inspiring.

Gannet Beach Adventures
  • Prices: Run from October to early May. Departure times dependent on tide. Adults $33 ($55 including shuttle transport), children (aged 3-15) $19, pre-schoolers (aged 0-2) free. Enquire about group and family rates.
  • Contact: Departure site location - Clifton Beach Reserve, Clifton
  • Tel: 06-875-0898 or freephone 0800-426-638 (within New Zealand)
  • Fax: 06-875-0849
  • Email: info@gannets.com
  • Web: www.gannets.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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National Aquarium of New Zealand

Napier

Aquariums

Perched on the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand’s top aquarium is home to a multitude of East Coast marine creatures from sea-horses to sting rays. Try and drag some children along; that way you have an excuse to go round and round on the travelator which spirals beneath the Ocenarium. Best of all, if you’re qualified, you can go diving in one of the tanks.

  • Prices: Adults: $14; children under 14: $7.50.
  • Contact: Marine Parade, Napier
  • Tel: 06-834-1404
  • Email: info@nationalaquarium.co.nz
  • Web: www.nationalaquarium.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Bridge Pa Golf Course

Hastings

Golf

Follow in the footsteps of Aaron Baddley, James Nitties and Stephen Bowditch at 18-hole Bridge Pa in Hastings. This is one of New Zealand’s top golf clubs.

  • Contact: 1523 Maraekakaho Road, Hastings
  • Tel: 06 879 7206
  • Fax: 06 879 7217
  • Email: gm.hgc@xtra.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Courses

Te Awanga

Golf

“If Cape Kidnappers were a book it would be an epic”, said Tom Doak, the world-renowned designer of Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Expect to pay for the privilege of playing here but don’t expect ever to find a golf setting quite as spectacular again. The one-off cliff-top course is played high above the ocean on a ridge-and-valley landscape.

  • Contact: 448 Clifton Road, Te Awanga
  • Tel: 06-875-1900
  • Fax: 06-875-1901
  • Email: proshop@kidnappers.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Tractor Trips, Gannet Beach Adventures

Napier

Nature & wildlife

Cape Kidnappers is a world-famous gannet-nesting site. It’s practically inaccessible, but this doesn’t put Rod and Dayna Heaps off. With the help of their trusty 1949 Minneapolis Molines tractors they take tourists on trailer-rides to see the awesome birds. Incidentally, it is a locally owned and operated family business. The couple have run the business since 1991 after purchasing it from Rod's uncle, the original founder.

  • Prices: Adults: $33; children (3 - 15 years): $19; under 2s: free
  • Tel: 06-875-0898
  • Email: info@gannets.com
  • Web: www.gannets.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Hawke's Bay Highlights

  • Slosh your way around the many wineries throughout the region. Everything grows in the Hawke's Bay sunshine and unsurpassed fresh local produce equates to superb food and wine.
  • Keep your eyes open and ears to the ground for local winery events. There is always something going on from live music to open air cinemas and elaborate culinary affairs.
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