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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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Address: Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 7924

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Interesting seeing the animals

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

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Doris F
Silkeborg, Danmark
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United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

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.

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Silkeborg, Danmark
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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
Mexico City, Mexico
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342 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
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 the shyer birds around feeding times (9.30 summer), if you take your time, you can... More 

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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 no funding so they rely on donations. Keep this in mind when you visit and... More 

1 Thank Danielle R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Queenstown, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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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 able to see them. Even some people during the day after I'd been there told... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 were able to go inside the Takahe exhibit with our guide and learn about their... More 

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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 is great to see the work DOC is doing to protect both the Takahe and... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

We went in the afternoon initially and it was ok but we went back in the morning for the feeding time and it was wonderful! The ranger was lovely and had lots of interesting information! Make the time to go at feeding time, well worth it.

Thank kesirs
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

It might have just been bad timing but the only native birds we could see were takahe. They were truly impressive and we enjoyed them. The duck enclosure only had mallard ducks no native blue ones. Maybe they had flown the roost and a couple of Canadian geese. Still worth popping in as its close to town and maybe it... More 

Thank Clara N

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