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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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Address: 281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-293 4131
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover "A Real KIWI Nature Experience" on the Kapiti Coast,...

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 nature. It is a 'must see' attraction for all local families and tourists visiting the Wellington region. There are 13 hectares for you to explore, including the largest remnant of original lowland coastal swamp forest on the stunning Kapiti Coast. The animal life at Nga Manu is a mix of both wild and enclosed species. Get up close to the iconic New Zealand Kiwi in the Nocturnal house and discover New Zealand's unique prehistoric reptile- the Tuatara. Meet the friendly Kea, Tui, Fantail, Kereru and Kaka. Over 56 different bird species come and go around the wetlands, bush and surroundings. All pathways are easily walked and are wheelchair and pushchair friendly (a wheelchair is available on site - we recommend that those in a wheelchair come with a friend who can assist with the aviary double doors). There are seating and picnic spots throughout the reserve including a BBQ facility and area. Follow the staff on our 'Bird Feeding Tour' at 11 am daily or take part in our Eel Feeding at 2 pm daily. We have a free guided bush walk and talk on weekends over the summer period and public holidays. We are flexible with your requirements, catering for individuals and groups, as well as hosting educational programs for visiting school groups in our Conservation Education Centre. If you have a special request please ask and we will work with you to create the best experience. We are able to provide personalised guided tours, catered lectures and a unique celebration or wedding venue.

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Well laid out. Lots of interesting things for both preschool childen and older ones. Lovely native bush, birds and of course tuatara. Good spaces for picnic lunches.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
mcmillanwaikanae
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well laid out. Lots of interesting things for both preschool childen and older ones. Lovely native bush, birds and of course tuatara. Good spaces for picnic lunches.

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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84 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Nga Manu several times, but this was the first time we actually saw the Kiwi. We had small grand children with us, so fed the ducks, which the children loved. The bush walk round the paths is easy. There is a climb up to a viewing platform on the top of a tower. Great views of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The settings were stunning, did not do a tour around as it was a private wedding venue, but the general layout and ambience of the place ensure that next time we will just be visitors/tourists

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Well designed nature serve in Kapiti region. Family ticket is 38 NZ dollars ( 2 adults, 3 children).Extra adults cost 18 NZ dollars. The visitor centre has toilets, some souvenirs and ice cream & cold drinks. The reserve is well signposted,and the bush walk takes about half hour. There is a slightly longer free guided tour after eel feeding at... More 

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit Malholme and the guided walk of our native forest. Thank you for writing this very informative review. For others reading this review - please note: Our free guided walk is available on Summer weekends only and public holidays and is included with admission. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a great activity for nature lovers. You get to see Kiwi, Tuatara and other native animals as well as enjoy a leisurely bush walk while listening to the native birds. The highlight of the tour is watching the eels being fed at 2pm each day.

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review John. We are glad you enjoyed our eel feeding. What a fabulous photo you have taken of our Mute Swan! Thank you for sharing it. More 

unguidedmissal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely little reserve in Kapiti area. Helpful staff. Entrance 16NZ pp. Aviaries with a few friendly kakas and keas. Nocturnal house had nocturnal animals including kiwi. All just a bit down about the ears but interesting. Trails through rare lowland swamp very interesting and educational. Ponds full of ducks and swans. Observation tower overlooking all with photo key. Pretty good... More 

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review - we hope you enjoy your other birding adventures around New Zealand! More 

nassington
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

It is very well laid out and well worth going to, not expensive to get in and seemed to be very well organised

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive feedback. Enjoy the holidays. More 

Northants
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87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We spent a day here. One of us is a serious nature nut, a lover of close encounters of the anything living and breathing kind, and in sanctuaries only, of feeding the animals. We signed up to the feeding tour which started at 11 am (check times locally). This was extremely interesting if you like this kind of thing. Other... More 

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

It sounds like you had a wonderful day at Nga Manu - thank you for taking the time to write this very informative review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Informative and friendly front desk staff. Well signposted and pleasant forest walk. Just sad that the kiwi was asleep and well hidden in the nocturnal house.

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we hope you get to see our kiwi next time. They are usually most active on our Feed Out Tour at 11am ($25 per adult and $10 per child). More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a great place for nature lovers, families, or anybody who just wants to get away from it all for a while. Lovely, peaceful walks through a number of habitat types including swamp forest and an island showcasing NZ ferns. Animal encounters range from native birds throughout the bush areas to gecko and tuatara displays, a kiwi house, walk-in... More 

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you Paul for writing us this great review. Happy new year to you. More 

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