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Cape Kidnappers is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 11.0 mi Elevation gain 1,666 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Views Wildlife
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Note: As of January 2020, users have reported that the back of the track is closed. Walk beneath towering coastal cliffs to visit a nesting colony of gannets.

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Daniel Thorne
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I forgot to check the tides and ended up on high tide which made it more difficult than it needed to be haha I couldn’t make it to the gannets either The walk itself was great. Watch out for slips

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Hugo Perales
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Bird WatchingClosedNo shadeRocky

we did it on the 31/01/2020. Only the end of the trail is closed, so you can still walk to the first gannet colony, that's probably less impressive that if you would be able to keep going further. However you can still see hundreds of them. Be carefull of the tide, you can walk along the beach only 2h30 before low tide peak and 2h30 after (you can do the 14km walk in 3 hours). Do not walk close to the cliff because there is some risks of rockslide.

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Alei Haynes
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Hiking

Beautiful walk along the coastline looking up to some impressive cliffs. Only the end of the track is closed. You still get to have a look at one of the gannet colonies.

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Bastien Olivier
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Hiking

Top ! Ce qui est fermé est juste la fin de la rando pour voir la colonie PRINCIPALE de gannet ! La rando se fait quand même et est super sympa et on voit quand même une colonie à la fin (bien que plus petite).

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Pierre Brunet
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Toujours fermée le 24 décembre 2019

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Patrick Hasler
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track closed

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Franco CM
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checked the conditions of the track very well before going. closed for landslides. very sad considering I spent a day in the area because of this...

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Thomas Lebarq
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Hiking

superbe la colonie de fou austral est là début octobre ballade top 3 NZ avec cap Reinga-cap von diemen et le cap Brett

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Sandra Fräfel
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Worth every step! Just amazing to hike along the beach with the cliffs behind. Don't walk under the cliffs, be aware that a slide could come down anytime. You can start only 2.5 hours before low tide, and have to leave the Cape at least 1.5 hours after low time. There is no other way to go out... The gannets are awesome to watch, if you go between Dec and April. They are not shy at all and pass by very closely. Enjoy, we loved it!

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Gemma Mulders
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great walk, fantastic views!

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Freek Beekhuizen
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Hiking

Very nice walk over the beach at low tide below a cliff. The birds colony is nice to see but the views are worth the walk in its own!

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Emil Driessen
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First to Review

nice trip and can take s tractor ride to make life easier...

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Tobias Dahlhaus
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Jeremy D
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Hunter Taylor-Black
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Thomas Lebarq
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Martin Moučka
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Smi le
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Ryan Gallagher
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Adam Schroeder
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