Governed by: Private landowners
Cape Sanctuary is a privately-owned and funded 2500 ha restoration site situated across three properties on the Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui Peninsula. The landowners share a vision to restore the coastal communities of landbirds, seabirds, reptiles and invertebrates that would once have existed on the peninsula. The project aims to achieve significant biodiversity gains alongside the existing land uses of farming, forestry, recreation and tourism.
Part of this vision is to restore South Island takahē to a site within the extinct North Island takahē's (Porphyrio mantelli) former range on the mainland, at Cape Sanctuary.
In 2012, the first two takahē were introduced to the Seabird enclosure at Cape Sanctuary. They surprised everybody by breeding that summer. A further six birds were transferred from Burwood Takahē Centre to Cape Sanctuary in May 2014. These went into a specially built 140 ha enclosure that currently holds takahē and little spotted kiwi.
There are currently three established breeding pairs which all successfully bred during the 2016/17 season with four juveniles produced. This is a great result.
Since establishing the Cape Sanctuary breeding population young birds have been transferred to Burwood and the Murchison Mountains.