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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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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
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
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
+64 3-249 7924
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This is a great little attraction close to town. Plenty of birds and displays, easy walking and great for kids. A donation is all that is required and I think it’s a great way to spend an hour or two.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Andyjam2110
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DarylJ552
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank minimize940314
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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank brianstromberg
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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Saluka T
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.

Date of experience: January 2017
4  Thank familyoffiveonhols
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

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank Doris F
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

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Pixxidix
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

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank danieller914
Reviewed 16 October 2016

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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Lynda S
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