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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
+64 4-293 4131
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Beautiful sanctuary

Stunning scenery, beautiful new Zealand birds & wild life. Gorgeous view from the lookout. Love... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
oliviarosehyde
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Family Trip

Amazing place to bring the whole - great little bush walks - easy with a stroller and 2 little... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Daniel C
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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 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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“nocturnal house” (12 reviews)
“native birds” (15 reviews)
“kapiti coast” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
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+64 4-293 4131
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning scenery, beautiful new Zealand birds & wild life. Gorgeous view from the lookout. Love coming here to take a step out from busy life and enjoy nature! Love being inside the enclosures with the birds

Thank oliviarosehyde
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Olivia for your glowing review!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Amazing place to bring the whole - great little bush walks - easy with a stroller and 2 little children - they have a Cafe onsite as wellMore

Thank Daniel C
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Hi Daniel, Thanks for writing us such a great review - we're glad your family had a fun day at Nga Manu! For others reading this - please note that although Nga Manu has an indoor seating area with hot drinks available and a few...More

Reviewed 6 October 2017

We had a lovely overnight stay in the cottage, magical! A real gem and a special way to celebrate a birthday....unique! We will be back again....

Thank FranR14
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Theo's Cottage at Nga Manu - a lovely way to celebrate a birthday! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 18 September 2017

I hired the function room for a significant birthday party and the staff were extremely helpful over the whole process. The room was attractive and warm and the kitchen well set up and the toilets cleaned. My grandchildren enjoyed their exploration of the reserve too.

Thank Mary B
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Thank you Mary. We are glad you enjoyed your Birthday celebration at Nga Manu!

Reviewed 18 August 2017

I was disappointed on arrival expecting a better set up. All the rain had made the paths slippery and the grass boggy which can't be helped of course. For some reason I expected it to be much bigger than it was and that it would...More

Thank Melissa B
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Hi Melissa, We are sorry that you were a little underwhelmed on your visit, but thank you for your support. At 15 hectares we are not a huge site, but Nga Manu is special because it is very accessible and you can see a lot...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Walking around the reserve to the sound of native birds in particular the warble of the Rio gives one a sense of walking through primeval forest and the peace that brings to one.

Thank KuimiriaA
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you Kuimiria for your positive review. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of our precious forest remnant.

Reviewed 22 July 2017

There are lots of very cool wildlife to observe here at Nga Manu nature reserve. Also, try the nature walk through the bush to see a variety of native flora, fauna, and birds. However, we were disappointed with the kiwi bird. We had come with...More

Thank TravelAddix13
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for your review. It is unfortunate that you were not able to get a sighting of our kiwi - for the greatest chance to see one, we recommend our Feed Out Tour at 11am (bookings and minimum numbers required) as they usually come...More

Reviewed 16 July 2017

It's always great to visit Nga Manu - it's so relaxing and they do a wonderful job looking after our native birds. The bush walk is wonderful - we usually go around twice we enjoy it so much. Keep up the great work!

Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

It is hard to find any reason to merit a visit here. For $18 entry fee it is quite unbelievably exorbitant. To see stuffed animals in the night house is at best perplexing and at worst pathetic. You can see ducks and swans almost anywhere...More

Thank Rod W
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Hi Rod, I was sorry to read your review. It is a great shame that you feel this way and I have forwarded your review to our manager. I want you to know that we take all comments on board and our reviews help us...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This is one of those places you drive past on your way to or from Wellington, and say "we really should check that place out - maybe next time". Next time for us turned out to be today and I can heartily advise that you...More

Thank malujoba
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Hi Malujoba, Thank you for stopping off to visit us and sharing your experiences. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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