Day 13: Napier’s Gannet Colony

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It was a little tough getting up today after all the wine of the previous evening, but we had a date with Gannet Safaris out at Te Awanga.  We were driven through a local sheep/cattle farm up to the Gannet Sanctuary on Cape Kidnappers - the extreme tip of the south end of Hawkes Bay.  We watched (and smelled) the gannets for about 40 min; beautiful birds when flying but rather clumsy on the ground.

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I think there were about four separate gannet colonies scattered around the cliffs; you can see a colony in the middle of the photo above.

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Our next date was at the Silky Oaks chocolate factory where we ate and drank far too much chocolate, and had a delightful guided tour around their museum.  Thankfully, the New Zealand chocolate was more like European than American chocolate!






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