The iconic Cape Kidnappers is a must-do for any Hawke's Bay holiday
Cape Kidnappers is a craggy, but stunning, peninsula that was named in commemoration an incident during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage. Maori traders seized Cook’s Tahitian cabin boy who they thought was being held against his will. When Cook’s men fired on the Maori canoe, the cabin boy escaped and returned to the ship.
The iconic pale cliffs of Cape Kidnappers are viewable from the full length of Marine Parade in Napier, and are especially eye-catching in the late afternoon sun.
'The Cape' and surrounding areas offer a diverse range of attractions:
Visitors can get within a few feet of the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony which is at the top of the Cape’s sheer and barren cliffs.
Tour options include and overland experience with Gannet Safaris Overland or a tractor rides along the beach with Gannet Beach Adventures. Visitors can also walk 8 kilometres along the coast from Clifton to the Cape but it is important to check tide times to avoid running out of beach to walk on! Viewing the gannets is possible from September to April before the gannets migrate to warmer climates.
World class golf course
The area is home to the par 71, Tom Doak designed Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, alongside a luxury lodge The course, 140m above sea level, is ranked in the top 50 in the world by international Golf Magazine.
Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of stunning pasture-land, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers elegant lodge style accommodation, with spectacular 180-degree views overlooking the farmland, golf course and Pacific Ocean.