Cape Kidnappers

By Kyle, USA, February 2013

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Set at the end of a 5-mile long peninsula, Cape Kidnappers is arguably one of the most scenic points found along the North Island’s rugged east coast. Despite being only 12 miles from the city of Napier this windswept promontory retains a rural feel where tractors and pastures trump the fast-paced reality of everyday city life.

This sandstone headland which erupts 370 feet out of the sea was named by Captain James Cook when a tribe of local Maori attempted to abduct a member of his crew here in 1769. Today the only ones doing the capturing at Cape Kidnappers are tourists trying to capture photos of the nesting gannets which migrate here all the way from Australia.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from Auckland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Auckland.

Photo courtesy of Percita via Flickr

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