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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
+64 4-293 4131
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Up close and personal with a cheeky Kaka, and the Kiwi. Unfortunately too cold this time of year... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
871karennem
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Fantastic

My partner and I brought out three children to teach them a few things about New Zealand native... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Keiran G
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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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“bush walk” (15 reviews)
“eel feeding” (29 reviews)
“nocturnal house” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
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+64 4-293 4131
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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!

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We went as a family group for a birthday picnic. We lucked out & went on a stunning beautiful day. Our group ranged in physical abilities, but we all found access easy for everyone. The loop walk was nice & relatively easy, even for a...More

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for your review. It sounds like you had a lovely family day out and we are glad everyone made it around our forest loop walk. The young pukeko you mention has been named 'Chips' by our staff and was an orphaned bird brought...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Well done! The staff are engaging and willing to explain things to you. Enjoyed our walk thru the bush and heard lots of Tui’s and fantails - there was a fantail that was playing with us a bit by flying closely in front of us,...More

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

Thank you for your really positive review. I'm glad that our staff helped to make your visit really enjoyable.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A beautiful place where you can get back to nature and see New Zealand wild life. A kiwi house, tuataras, eels, bush walks and picnic tables. Friendly, informative staff. A delightful venue for events. Adequate parking and wheelchair friendly. There isn't a cafe, although they...More

Thank Anne D
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you Anne for your very positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

I have seen a *lot* of the NZ bush, so going to Nga Manu was more about something for the kids than me. Well, I have to say I was really impressed at what has been achieved on a relatively tight budget and had an...More

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

It sounds like you had a wonderful visit Matt. Thank you for writing us this great review. We hope you enjoy your next visit too. If you are local you may like to consider a Friends of Nga Manu Family Membership - unlimited visits for...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I visited Nga Manu with my wife and teenage son. Its a small paradise for all the family, especially if you love New Zealands indigenous birds. There's something for everyone here. You can even take a picnic with you. We chose to stroll around with...More

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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write us this lovely review. We are glad that your family had a great time at Nga Manu. We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.

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