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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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Place to see Takehe

This sanctuary is located near the lakefront. There are a few species of bird, including takehe... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Los Angeles, California
See the Takahe

Te Anau Wilflife Park has some lovely birds to see. It is a quiet place with a pond and it is free... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
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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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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This sanctuary is located near the lakefront. There are a few species of bird, including takehe. Takehe is a rare bird so if you want to see it then you better go.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 28 April 2018

We walked from our hotel (Fiordland Lakeview) to this bird sanctuary. It was a nice walk around the end of the lake, but the walk took longer than we expected- maybe 40 minutes. The Sanctuary has a number of rare species in cages. The cages...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Scubaqueen_12
Reviewed 26 April 2018

This is free to visit and the wardens are very enthusiastic about their birds especially the rare flightless Takahe. We just stopped for about an hour and if you check on feeding times you can go into the cages to see the birds.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Hazel L
Reviewed 18 April 2018

The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is a place you can skip in New Zealand unless you really want to see a rare Takahe. We took the path along Lake Te Anau to the sanctuary, which used to be a lovely path through a forest, but...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Pleasant walk outside, around bird cages, but, they have next to no birds. Entire walk and viewing takes 5 minutes. Few birds they have are being nurtured after injuries. Difficult to even get a photo of the birds they have as the mesh of the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Te Anau Wilflife Park has some lovely birds to see. It is a quiet place with a pond and it is free to visit. Visitors are allowed to feed the ducks and the food was provided. They have two Takahe birds there and there are...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank travelwithting
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Research when the morning / daily feeding time is on and plan to be here 15 minutes before that. Very caring, professional staff who easily share their passion for working to protect the rare birds on site. Not a zoo but a working DOC conservation...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank KeenPhotographer-11
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The bird sanctuary was about 20 mins walk around the lake from our hotel. We got there as the feeding was starting, just after 9.30am. Saw Tehake, Kaka's and native ducks. They are grateful for donations which go towards the upkeep.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank cappleton2
Reviewed 30 March 2018

The visitor center told me about the bird sanctuary and advised to go at feeding time. I wandered about when I first arrived, not knowing how large it was. There was very little signage. I was just about to leave when a woman asked if...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank IRHS
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

My expectations weren’t of a full on zoo. I found what I expected, aviaries of local bird life. Easily accessible with lots of information. Especially great place to see Takahe. Injuries and rescued birds are kept here alongside some endangered breeds such as Antipodes Parakeets....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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