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Cape Kidnappers - Roadside Stories

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  • Admission: Free

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Cape Kidnappers. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

To Māori Cape Kidnappers is Te Matau-a-Māui -- the fish hook with which demigod Māui hauled up the North Island. British explorer James Cook gave the cape its English name after a Tahitian crew member on his ship was seized by Māori. Cape Kidnappers is also home to a gannet colony where thousands of birds nest.

East of Hastings,

Gannets and boobies,

Cape Kidnappers gannet colony,

Māui's fish hook,

Naming Cape Kidnappers,

Archival audio sourced from Natural History New Zealand,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Cape Kidnappers - Roadside Stories


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