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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
+64 3-249 7924
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Absolutely worth it

Where else are you going to see the rare Takahe? Almost nowhere, since there are only 500 or so... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
brianstromberg
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great place to know about national birds

It's was a great visit bird sanctuary. Birds feeding time was at 10.00 am and all the children were... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Saluka T
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau, and is an easy 15 minute walk from the Te Rua-o-te-Moko/Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Take a peek at some of Fiordland’s special birds that are difficult to see in the wild. A great place for children and families, the sanctuary is open to the public from dawn to duck. Entry is free for self-guided visitors, but a donation is appreciated to help with the running of the sanctuary. Join DOC rangers for the daily feeding tours to observe and learn about these unique birds, including the rare flightless takahē – a ‘must see’ for Fiordland visitors. Daily feeding tour times: Summer: 9:30 am (1 October - 31 March) Winter: 10:30 am (1 April - 30 September
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“native birds” (11 reviews)
“feeding times” (3 reviews)
“gold coin” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 7924
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Where else are you going to see the rare Takahe? Almost nowhere, since there are only 500 or so left. You can also see some more Kea parrots (besides the ones on the drive to Milford Sound) and a few other local favorites. Definitely worth...More

1  Thank brianstromberg
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

It's was a great visit bird sanctuary. Birds feeding time was at 10.00 am and all the children were allowed to feed the birds. Also had a free guided tour about all the birds and the sanctity. Great place and the staff are looking after...More

Thank Saluka T
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

We went in particularly bad weather. The birds in the avairies are all native, and lovely to look at. The lake provides a chance to see native birds in a natural environment and it all free.

4  Thank familyoffiveonhols
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

a silent walk near the lake, watching all the threatened animals, especially birds, was very interesting. Hope the effort will succeed

2  Thank Doris F
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

This free access bird sanctuary, that you can combine with a nice walk around the lake offers a close look at many local endangered bird species. You can see Takahe, Owls, ducks, Kaka and more. While you have a better chance to see some of...More

2  Thank Pixxidix
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

It is worth popping into this little park at feeding time as you get to meet the keeper and see the birds perhaps a bit closer than usual. It is a small park and it is run by the Department of Conservation with little to...More

2  Thank Danielle R
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Right on the lake, a lovely walk from the town centre. We saw Takahe, Kakariki, Kaka and Tui. Very enjoyable.

Thank Lynda S
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

I was a little bit disappointed. On one side, I'm happy that there is not too many birds on captivity. But I couldn't appreciate the few that were there. I couldn't arrived during the feeding time and I think that's the best moment to be...More

Thank ValeQuinci
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

We changed our original plans so that we could visit when a 'meet the locals' tour was running. In the winter they ran at 10:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m in the summer. The Te Anau visitors centre also has the times if you're unsure. We...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Great place to see two NZ endangered birds up very close. Arrived just before feeding time and the keeper allows you into the Takahe enclosure which was a real bonus. Birds are will looked after is as close to their natural environment as possible and...More

1  Thank 11Seamount
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