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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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What a lovely place!

I visited Nga Manu with my wife and teenage son. Its a small paradise for all the family... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bel_Gard
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Limerick ireland
Still an excellent place to meet NZ birds

We revisited Nga Manu on the last day of 2017 after nearly 7 years from our previous visit (where I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kiwipukupuku
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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” (13 reviews)
“native birds” (17 reviews)
“kapiti coast” (16 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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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Bel_Gard
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We revisited Nga Manu on the last day of 2017 after nearly 7 years from our previous visit (where I left a review on Tripadvisor) with a good memory of meeting many native birds there. As we expected, they were still an excellent place for...More

Thank kiwipukupuku
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review. We especially like your comment about us 'maintaining high quality as a nature reserve for everyone including locals' as this is what we strive to do and it's great to know that our efforts...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the barbecue on the island, packed our picnic hamper and set off. All was perfect. Warm friendly obliging welcome, family size picnic table in a cool shady spot, clean, efficient barbecue and surrounds. We enjoyed lunch, stayed a while to relax and read,...More

Thank Julie M
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Julie, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review - it sounds like you and the family had a wonderful time at Nga Manu. We hope you enjoy your next visit just as much!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrive here by 11:00 so you can be a part of the bird feeding. So much fun! Friendly parrot on your shoulder giving you "parrot kisses". The kiwis are a rare sight and fun to see them eating. Then take a walk through the preserve...More

Thank Jim M
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jim, We're glad you enjoyed our Bird Feed Out Tour and eel feeding. Thank you for your glowing review. We have a Whio feeding talk at 12:30pm and the eel feeding at 2pm daily over the holidays. Due to low numbers of staff over...More

Reviewed 9 December 2017

If you love New Zealand flora and fauna, you should not miss this wonderful nature reserve. Set among a nice patch of native bush, ideal for a shaded walk on a sunny day, are several aviaries where you can interact with native birds up close...More

Thank Hans H
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Hans. Thank you for your very positive review - it sounds like you had a fun visit :)

Reviewed 7 December 2017

We recently celebrated our wedding at the function centre at Nga Manu. It was so incredibly beautiful and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting. We had both a day time picnic followed by an evening BBQ. The eel feeding at the picnic...More

Thank Samantha C
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Samantha, Thank you for your glowing review of our function facilities. It was an absolute pleasure to host your wedding celebrations. We are glad that the planning process and the day itself went smoothly so your were able to really enjoy your special day...More

Reviewed 2 December 2017

Nga Manu Nature Reserve is located about one hour north of Wellington and is well signposted on the freeway. New signage at the reserve has enhanced its appearance. The reserve offers good opportunities for visitors to interact with wildlife there including the eel feeding which...More

2  Thank Alison R
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Alison. Thank you for taking the time to write us this great review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you have many other fun nature experiences over the holiday period.

Reviewed 21 October 2017 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 23 October 2017

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.

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