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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

#1 of 8 things to do in Waikanae Features Animals
281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
+64 4-293 4131
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Fun Nature Walk but Disappointed with the Kiwi

There are lots of very cool wildlife to observe here at Nga Manu nature reserve. Also, try the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
TravelAddix13
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Orlando, Florida
Fabulous day out

It's always great to visit Nga Manu - it's so relaxing and they do a wonderful job looking after... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jackie C
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Waikanae Beach
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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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“native birds” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
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+64 4-293 4131
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
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.

Reviewed 4 May 2017

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...More

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

It was a pleasure to meet you Brij. Thank you for taking the time to write this review - we are glad that you really enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 29 April 2017 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
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

That's fantastic to hear! Thank you for your review. We have now updated our pricing to include a daily 'Gold Card' discount for seniors which you will be able to take advantage of on your next visit.

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.More

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

Hi Colin, thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We are in the process of updating several of our enclosures. As a not-for-profit charitable trust we rely on donations and visitor admission charges to continue on our work, which means...More

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...More

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

Hi Gemma, we're sorry you felt underwhelmed, but happy that your child enjoyed themselves. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We have taken your comments on board and have recently reviewed our pricing and now offer some daily discounts to make...More

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

Thank you for this great review.

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...More

Thank CMB425032
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are glad the children really enjoyed themselves! Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with family activities and events at Nga Manu.

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