Cape Sanctuary Experience
Adventure, Scenic, Family
This one-of-a-kind tour covers the history of the project and the conservation work involved, then travels off-road to key habitats within the sanctuary.
See the forest bird feeding site where you may spot kākā, kākāriki, North Island robin, tomtit, whitehead and learn how to look for signs of kiwi activity nearby.
Learn about the ancient tuatara; a “living fossil” that has remained unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. One of the world’s oldest living species, the tuatara has been reintroduced in to the Cape Sanctuary, which is now one of the only places on the New Zealand mainland where breeding has occurred in the wild for over 200 years.
By Can-Am you will cross to the renowned 'Seabird Site' - the completely predator-free area with precious taonga such as tuatara, giant wētā, takahē and learn about our world-leading seabird restoration programme.
Head back through rugged and spectacular landscapes past the Ocean Beach dunes systems and native forest restoration area, and learn about the history and significance of this area - stopping for morning tea at one of the Sanctuary huts. You will be witness to the best kept secret in Hawke's Bay, be awed by the huge community input and understand how this innovative project is seeing real conservation outcomes for the region.
This is a 3 hour morning experience starting at 10.30am. Bookings essential.