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Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

1. Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

Discover Cape Kidnappers, the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Witness the 20,000 gannets at the cape which are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads, these amazing birds with their 6-foot wingspan (2 m) swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual. The birds can be seen from September to early April. In September they return from their winter escape to build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight in late April when they go off on their annual ritual to warmer climates. After being driven to the Cape in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 coach there will be absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. Along the way, take in the breathtaking scenery of the geological landscapes and remarkable nature that this part of the country has to offer. Visit a production forest, view a predator-proof reserve and be accompanied by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a knowledgeable and insightful commentary throughout the tour.

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Napier: Afternoon Wine Tour with Optional Craft Beer Tasting

2. Napier: Afternoon Wine Tour with Optional Craft Beer Tasting

Each winery will offer between 4-7 wines for a tasting split between reds and whites. Chardonnay is the dominant white wine variety produced in Hawkes Bay, but lovers of Sauvignon Blanc should not worry, as you'll also be tasting that at Mission Estate. Shiraz and Bordeaux blends are some of the dominant red varieties. The first estate winery you'll visit is Mission Estate, which was established in 1851. The tasting hall and associated restaurant are located in a two-story Victorian mansion that offers magnificent views over the vineyards. The next stop is the Urban Winery, located in the National Tobacco building, which is famous for it's art nouveau architecture. This is a seated tasting followed by a guided tour of their barrel hall and their amazing 'Golden Egg'. An explanation of the principals of wine fermentation will be included. Then, take a 15-minute drive past the orchards and vineyards of Esk Valley, arriving at Linden Estate. Linden produces only 60,000 bottles of wine split between 13 different varietals. This will be a seated tasting with a complimentary cheese board of New Zealand cheeses. Afterwards, you'll travel back to Napier, arriving back at your lodgings or pick-up point around 5:30 PM.

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Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

3. Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

After meeting with your local guide at the Napier Aquarium on Marine Parade, your guided shore excursion will begin. Throughout your tour, you will view Napier's Art-Deco city center from a high-roof, tall and windowed mini bus. You will first stop and photograph your ship from the Bluff Hill lookout, before viewing the 14 square kilometers of land reclaimed after the 1931 earthquake from the terrace of your guide's house. You will then visit the Grand Mission complex, which was established in 1851. Afterwards, there will be time to buy chocolates at Silky Oak Chocolates, before you view the historic and picturesque Esk Valley Memorial Church. You will then take in the grand panorama from the top of the Seafield Farms private road, before finally enjoying a complimentary cheese board with a glass of wine amongst the vines at your guide's private vineyard venue. Your tour will then conclude as you return to the cruise ship transfer station.

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What people are saying about Napier

My husband and I had a lot of fun on the wine tour. We got to see a bit of Napier as we toured around to each winery, and a good choice of wineries and the hosts at each stop were very informative. Also a great group of people on the tour as well and our tour guide Ross was excellent.

We loved the tour with Gannet Safaris! Our tour guide had the best personality and had extensive knowledge about the property and birds. Our kids enjoyed the whole experience as well. Highly recommend!

Really great experience! Ross was an awesome guide and so knowledgeable. We had such a lovely day, would definitely recommend!

Must visit place in Napier. Good choice and excellent guidance by David. A very safe drive throughout. Nice site seings.

Amazing experience. The guide Tony was knowledgeable and entertaining. The gannets were majestic and hypnotic.