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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,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/hawkes-bay-places/3

Gannets and boobies,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/gannets-and-boobies

Cape Kidnappers gannet colony,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/hawkes-bay-region/3/5

Māui's fish hook,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/whenua-how-the-land-was-shaped/2/2

Naming Cape Kidnappers,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/hawkes-bay-region/5/1

Archival audio sourced from Natural History New Zealand, http://www.nhnz.tv/.

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 http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Cape Kidnappers - Roadside Stories