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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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At one with nature

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 really should check that place out! For two hours we strolled around the whole reserve,... More 

Thank malujoba
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love natural surroundings & NZ flora/ fauna, Nga Manu is great little spot. Was our 1st time there (& at Waikanae). Luckily it was a fantastic day for outdoors & we went to the viewing tower at Nga Manu & took some great pictures (guess not many visitors spot this, in spite of this on their map, as... More 

Thank Brij B
Waikanae, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last Sunday we picked the perfect afternoon to take the grandkids to Nga Manu. The weather was perfect and they loved seeing all the birds, feeding the ducks and seeing the tuataras. We Had a leisurely time walking around and thoroughly enjoyed it

Thank RichardvG
Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great to see the ell feeding, and also some "wild" Tua birds. Nice walk around the reserve. Bird cages could do with a little more work, but nice enough.

Thank Colin M
Wellington, New Zealand
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127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

LOL, if you want to pay $18 an adult to see a few birds, reptiles, ducks and a nature bush walk go for it. Otherwise you may end up feeling a little underwhelmed like we did. I am sure the Nature Reserve do loads of good and have to make its costs meet somewhere but all I can say is... More 

1 Thank Gemma R
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 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.

Thank mcmillanwaikanae
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

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 

Thank CMB425032
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

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

Thank Lyn I
Lewes, United Kingdom
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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 

1 Thank malholme
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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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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.

Thank John B
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 

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