Surrounded by 2,400 hectares of farmland in Hawke's Bay, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is also home to a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife.
The largest privately owned and funded wildlife restoration project of its kind in New Zealand, The Cape Sanctuary boasts the most diversity of native birds on an area of mainland coastal New Zealand.The project began with the building of a 10.6km coast-to-coast predator-proof fence across the base of the Cape Kidnappers peninsula. Completed in 2007, the fence prevents predators invading the 2500ha headland, bringing back the coastal communities of land birds, sea birds, reptiles and invertebrates. Key to these efforts are the relocation and protection of juvenile kiwi bird, endangered takahe and the preservation of the gannet colonies and the protection of precious flora and fauna. The hotel now offers the Kiwi Discovery Walk, a guided excursion enabling its guests to observe the kiwis as well as Sanctuary Wildlife Experiences which allow guests to see the ancient tuatara. Proceeds go to the conservation program.