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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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The gorgeous Takahe

Was lovely to be able to walk in to the pen with these magnificent birds and watch them being fed... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Rockhampton, Australia

We visited this sanctuary to view the Takahe bird - a heavy flightless bird that was considered... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
+64 3-249 7924
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All reviews free attraction endangered species feeding times gold coin donation conservation work non profit feeding tour free place to visit loved feeding the ducks bike path new zealand great opportunity to see tour leader overlooking the lake nice walk worth a visit great information
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We saw the ad in the visitors' center as we entered Te Anau to watch the Takahe be fed at 9:30 a.m. every day. It didn't say where, so back at the visitors' center we were directed down the road 2-3 miles to the bird...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Jan M
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The walk from the visitors center to the sanctuary is long and boring. The cages are poorly maintained with few birds and no explanations or details to help learn of the project or the different species.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stumbled across this little gem while walking with the children. Amazing that we got to see a Takahe, once thought to be extinct. No charge to visit here and lots of birds to see and interact with. Also had an informative talk from one of...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank DeanBrisbane
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The weather was so good when we were there, the walk from the car park to the sanctuary was pleasant and easy. The walk took about 20 minutes. We saw the very rare and beautiful takahe, kaka and native ducks. Love it!

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Kim Y
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I thought the Takahe were extinct. Guess I was wrong. Thanks to the DOC and sanctuaries like the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary their numbers are increasing. This is a small sanctuary, but well worth a stop. Plan to be there at 10:30 when they feed...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Fran0519
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Was lovely to be able to walk in to the pen with these magnificent birds and watch them being fed. I find the conservation efforts going on all over New Zealand to be first class. Only had time for a quick visit unfortunately before heading...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank sngb1956
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This Sanctuary is run by DOC and is suffering from lack of funding - they could do so much more. The takahe are thriving and look happy and healthy. Not many other birds and some like the morepork not keen to be seen in the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Robin T
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We visited this sanctuary to view the Takahe bird - a heavy flightless bird that was considered extinct; only in 1948 in the Murchison Mountains was a few discovered by Dr W.R.B Orbell The birds are poor breeders and incubated eggs are being hatched a...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank JOHN2UK2016
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Looking for a natural experience and an opportunity to help NZ's wildlife, then come here and donate. The kea parrots and Wilsie the yakking duck are quite funny.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Circus317
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Was very cool seeing Takahe birds at this sanctuary. This is a great little attraction for everyone and is totally it is worth the gold coin donation to see what was a once thought to be extinct bird!

Date of experience: August 2016
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