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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
+64 3-249 7924
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INTERESTING AVIARY T TE ANAU

It's a short walk from Te Anau to the aviary near the water. There are several rare birds there and... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
DarylJ552
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Carlsbad, California
Meet the takehe

This is a bird sanctuary where one can see some iconic birds of the South Island, including Takehe... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
minimize940314
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Torrance, California
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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)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 7924
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

It's a short walk from Te Anau to the aviary near the water. There are several rare birds there and you can view them up close. It's also nice to continue on the path down the water to the golf course and return.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This is a bird sanctuary where one can see some iconic birds of the South Island, including Takehe! It is free as well.

Thank minimize940314
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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

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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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