Cape Kidnappers

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Cape Kidnappers featuring rugged coastline

Come within a few feet of one of the planet’s largest mainland gannet colonies. The seabirds nest here on this breathtaking peninsula.

Cape Kidnappers is a dramatic outcrop of jagged sandstone jutting out into the ocean. Hike along a trail with spectacular rock formations and crystal-clear pools to reach the gannet colony. Enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view or play a round at the world-renowned golf course on the headland.

The cape got its name during Captain Cook’s voyage to the area in 1769. On arrival, the local Maori tribe attempted to abduct Cook’s servant boy.

Beginning at Clifton on the western edge of the cape, follow the scenic seaside hiking trail. On your way, see the dramatic sheer cliff faces and discover secluded coves where birds and marine life hide away. The walk is approximately a 5-hour roundtrip so pack some lunch and stop for a rest in the sun beside the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The route is tide-dependent so set off no earlier than 3 hours after high water and start the return journey no later than 90 minutes after low.

If you would prefer to put your feet up, join one of the tractor tours that carry passengers along the beach to the headland. Listen as your driver talks about the area’s fascinating history and points out the stunning natural landmarks.

Marvel at the Black Reef gannet colony that reside on a flat surface of rock at the tip of Cape Kidnappers. Watch in awe as these striking white birds care for their young before spreading their vast wings and plunging into the sea at great speeds in search of fish.

Golf fans will not want to miss the opportunity to experience this amazing coastal location from the green. Created by well-regarded golf architect Tom Doak, this par 71 course is set in sublime surroundings at 460 feet (140 meters) above sea level.

Cape Kidnappers is best accessed from Clifton at the west end of the cape where a parking lot can be found. The cape is under 30 minutes from Napier and Hastings by car. The gannets arrive here in early November before leaving on their migration around March so plan your trip accordingly. The reserve and golf course are open year-round.

123 Cheap Hotels Near Cape Kidnappers

The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
5 out of 5
446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Clifton
The price is NZ$1,782 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
Situated by the ocean, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cape Kidnappers Golf Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Clearview Estate and Haumoana Beach. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
New Zealand Luxury
"The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sets the bar for excellence! Your drive in from the gate creates a great sense of anticipation and you are not disappointed upon arrival! The setting and views are breathtaking. The main lodge has beautiful architecture, furnishings, and art. It is a pleasure to just walk ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2019

The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
369 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cape Kidnappers Golf Course and Clearview Estate. Haumoana Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away.
4.9/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Autumnal break
"Lovely quiet place to stay except for the resident morepork who entertained us!"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2021

Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
369 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cape Kidnappers Golf Course and Clearview Estate. Haumoana Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"Lovely property. Really enjoyed the stay"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2022

Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
5 out of 5
446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Clifton
The price is NZ$1,782 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
369 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal andamp; Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
369 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Te Awanga Cottages - Coastal and Contemporary
Kuku Cottage.  The perfect coastal getaway.
Kuku Cottage. The perfect coastal getaway.
15 Kuku St, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Kuku Cottage. The perfect coastal getaway.
Get Away - Te Awanga apartment
Get Away - Te Awanga apartment
31 Cedar Rd, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay Region
Get Away - Te Awanga apartment
Vineyard Apartment - vines, wine and wide Pacific Ocean sea-views!
Vineyard Apartment - vines, wine and wide Pacific Ocean sea-views!
376 Parkhill Road, Haumoana, Hawke's Bay Region
Vineyard Apartment - vines, wine and wide Pacific Ocean sea-views!
Modern relaxing beachside studio, put your feet up and feel at home
Modern relaxing beachside studio, put your feet up and feel at home
37 Clifton Rd, Haumoana, Hawke's Bay Region
Modern relaxing beachside studio, put your feet up and feel at home
23 By The Sea Absolute Beachfront
23 By The Sea Absolute Beachfront
Haumoana, Hawke's Bay Region
23 By The Sea Absolute Beachfront
The Cape View Pacific Ocean  Experience
The Cape View Pacific Ocean Experience
Haumoana, Hawke's Bay Region
The Cape View Pacific Ocean Experience
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.