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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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Great day out with the Family

Great day out with the Family. It was great for the kids had a nice lunch watch out over the water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CJWAIKANAE
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Waikanae, New Zealand
Relaxing 2-4 hour outing

Highly enjoyable outing - I went on a Saturday in Sept and the place was surprisingly quiet. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BenG_AKL
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Discover "A Real KIWI Nature Experience" on the Kapiti Coast, within easy reach of Wellington. A diverse range of native animals & over 700 plant species. Nga Manu Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience with...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out with the Family. It was great for the kids had a nice lunch watch out over the water looking at the birds.

Thank CJWAIKANAE
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your picnic :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly enjoyable outing - I went on a Saturday in Sept and the place was surprisingly quiet. The $7 extra to go through the feeding was great - I had a interesting (volunteer) guide (to myself), and learnt quite a few things. Great place to...More

Thank BenG_AKL
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed your Feed Out Tour. Thank you for writing us this great review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Nga Manu Nature Reserve with a group of 15 overseas visitors and 10 New Zealanders. Our visit began with a talk by a guide which was very informative and interesting. Unfortunately the nocturnal house was undergoing maintenance work at the time of...More

Thank Peter C
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for writing us this great review Peter. We are really happy that you and your group enjoyed your visit so much. We hope to have our upgraded nocturnal house open very soon :)

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

We took our moko to visit and we all really enjoyed it. We liked the native trees and plants as it gave us more ideas for our place. Moko enjoyed it, especially the birds and the lookout. Even though it rained, we were impressed.

Thank Kiwiintheus
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

That's good to hear. Have fun planting out your place - give us a call if you need any advice on wetland planting - Rhys is our expert. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 13 July 2018

I have driven past the sign on the expressway many times and decided to make a visit. Well I could go on about the place, ie native birds up close, walk in aviaries, lovely grounds and tracks. The walk is easy going and also can...More

Thank Sid H
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Hi Sid. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review of your visit. We are glad you enjoyed our lookout tower - we will soon have a new information board up there too, showing the view as it now with...More

Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Up close and personal with a cheeky Kaka, and the Kiwi. Unfortunately too cold this time of year for the Tuatara. Loved seeing all the birds in their natural habitat. Thoroughly recommend a visit!

Thank 871karennem
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Thank you for your nice review Karen. We hope you get to see the tuatara on another visit.

Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

My partner and I brought out three children to teach them a few things about New Zealand native birds and this place didn't disappoint. We paid for a guided feeding tour and had an absolutely fantastic time with our guide. She was very knowledgeable and...More

Thank Keiran G
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Hi Keiran, thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are thrilled that your family all enjoyed the visit so much and were able to have some really close encounters with our bird's on the Feed Out Tour and create lasting family memories. We...More

Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We spend the day there. It is a lovely set up, love all the Buch walk, and the view tower, stunning view from there. Had a ball with the Kea birds, so funny. Had our coffee in the garden. Deffently worth going too. Thanks for...More

Thank happyBundaberg
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

You are very welcome. Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Lots of work since our last visit. Bush paths now complete so nice to amble around. Eel feeding was fun and some nice tui. Still needs more investment but getting there.More

Thank clairejR8995LF
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thanks for your positive review Claire, we are glad that you saw improvement from your last visit. As a charitable trust we welcome donations and these help us to continue the conservation work we do and at times allow us to make improvements to our...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

You need to spend the full afternoon here to justify the rather expensive entrance fee. Good points: Worth coming to see Kiwi in the nocturnal house, the eel feeding & the views from the lookout. Less good: The maps on the paths weren't helpful and...More

Thank FMW13
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you for your comments - we take all comments on board. We keep our pricing in line with our other nature connections partners and offer discounts for NZ seniors, students and families. As a charitable trust we rely on our admissions fees and donations...More

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Mary A
29 July 2018|
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Response from Sarah F | Property representative |
Hi Mary. There is an entrance fee and this supports the Nga Manu Trust's ongoing viability, education, research, conservation and education. There are some discount tickets available and group discounts. Full pricing details... More
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