Cape Sanctuary is a privately-owned and funded 2500 ha restoration site situated across three properties on the Te Kauwae-a-Māui/Cape Kidnappers Peninsula. The landowners share a vision to restore the coastal communities of land birds, 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, which has proved to be one of the best performing sanctuary sites. The pair 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 held takahē and little spotted kiwi. Unfortunately, these birds were removed in 2016 to deal with a rabbit incursion which affected the enclosure and the Sanctuary now holds just 2 takahē. It is hoped that more birds can be relocated back to the takahē / kiwi enclosure by 2020.