• Conservation

    Conservation and

The Cape Sanctuary Donation Program

Gannet Safaris Overland have partnered with The Cape Sanctuary to plant more grasses and natives on Cape Kidnappers Peninsula to restore our amazing wildlife. Choose to become a part of the movement by giving back and contributing to sustainable living and carbon offsets – choose to donate $4 per person to The Cape Sanctuary when you book a tour with us. The Cape Sanctuary has an army of volunteers who have planted over 1.5 million native trees to date, and we are committed to plant many more.

Gannet Safaris Overland work closely with the Cape Sanctuary which is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest privately owned wildlife sanctuary. Their amazing team is made up of over 300 volunteers that are giving their time to restore our beautiful land and replant grasses and natives to support the return of our wildlife.

It all started in 2006, when the two joining farm owners, Mr Robertson and Mr Lowe, installed a predator proof fence which runs the width of the peninsular,10.6km, to keep wildlife predators out. This is the farmland that we cross on our safari, and we will teach you all about our wildlife and its challenges. Through the tireless and amazing effort and work of volunteers and staff, approximately 500 acres of sand dunes have been returned to their natural state. Invasive weed species that prevent the natural cycle of the sand movement have been removed and were replaced by native species.

18 different species have been translocated into the Cape Kidnappers Sanctuary since the fence went up. Some of the highlights include:

  • Petrels successfully nesting outside the heavily protected seabird site
  • Kiwi breeding without human intervention so we do not know the total population
  • Little blue penguins breeding after coming in on the sound
  • Cook Straight Giant Weta from Mana Island & Matiu Soames Island successfully reproducing, and the population is slowly expanding

As many businesses have been doing, Gannet Safaris Overland have been looking at what we can do to help contribute to our carbon offset and how our business contributes to sustainability.
Follow and support us on our sustainability and conservation journey, or contact Rachel Ward or Liz Lowe if you would like to become part of the volunteer program yourself.


This project started September 2022. (running total updated 30th April 2023)

Total Amount of
Donations Received: $4703.10

Environmental Policies

Gannet Safaris Overland relies on the natural environment to be able to provide unique and amazing experiences for our customers who journey with us. Therefore it is important for us to do everything we can to protect our natural environment.

These policies shall apply to Gannet Safaris Overland LTD


To identify the procedures in place and outline a code of conduct for staff that will enable us to continue to improve on the environmental sustainability of Gannet Safaris Overland.


  • Where possible Gannet Safaris staff will be encouraged to purchase biodegradable or recyclable products. I.e. Paper Cups, Plates, rubbish bags
  • Alternatives to single use plastics bottles will be used on tours where possible. Energy Conservation
  • Staff will be encouraged to turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use
  • Energy efficient lighting will be installed in the office spaces.

Waste Management

  • Recycling facilities are provided
  • Staff will be educated on how to correctly utilize the recycling facilities on site.
  • Staff are encouraged to recycle correctly. – Compostable Waste is taken off site to be composted.
  • Waste is to be collected in biodegradable rubbish bags
  • Paper is to be reused whenever possible.

Vehicle Fleet

  • Staff are required to schedule routes to minimize wastage and reduce carbon footprint
  • All vehicles are to be serviced and maintained to ensure their efficiency
  • Carbon emissions of the fleet will be monitored Nature Reserve
  • Staff are to be aware of threats to the nature reserve when touring the area and will work to minimize these threats.
  • Staff are to be aware of the potential risk of introducing predators to the Nature Reserve via the vehicles and will check the vehicles for harbored predators before departing the Base and entering the nature reserve.

Social Responsibility

Gannet Safaris will continue to research and understand the effects our business has on the environment, with the aim to further reduce out companies imprint.


Takapū/ Australasian Gannets at the Blackreef colony, Cape Kinappers - Hawke's Bay. 

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Whilst bookings for gannet colony tours have closed for the season, the incredible Cape Sanctuary Tour is still operating! Book now via website in bio. 

Venture across the formidable landscape of the Ocean Beach Wilderness Area, the heart of New Zealand’s largest privately owned and operated wildlife sanctuary. Our guides will take you through a journey of past and present, from pre-historic times, early occupation, barren hillsides to luscious coastal forest. Experience the impact of Cape Sanctuary’s conservation efforts in real-time through up-close encounters with takahe and kakariki. Travel high above the Ocean Beach Cliffs, and greet the all-encompassing view of our coastline as you enter our pest-free slice of paradise, the ‘sea bird site’. Learn about Cape Sanctuary’s nationally significant sand-dune restoration, coastal revegetation, species translocations and leading sea-bird restoration projects with a well-deserved drink on the panoramic verandah of our newly built hut. Experience one of Hawke’s Bay’s best kept secrets in this three hour journey!

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Gannets aren't the only animal in the spotlight on the Gannet Safari Overland Adventure! 

Over the past decades, the New Zealand fur seal/ kekeno population has made a comeback to the Cape Kidnappers peninsula. These gorgeous sea-dogs often steal a bit of attention away from the takapū, but whose complaining!?

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Chicks cooling down in the sun ☀️ 

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With no prior farming experience yet eager for a change in lifestyle James Gillespie Gordon started his purchase of Clifton station. While the steep and drought prone hillsides provided many challenges, Gordon's perseverance and assistance from local shepherds resulted in great expansion! By 1876 there were ~16,000 sheep on Clifton, becoming a profitable and iconic New Zealand working farm. 

Learn more about the history of Cape Kidnappers Station on your journey New Zealand's largest and most accessible gannet colony! 

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