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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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nice place to see takahe

it's just half an hour walk from the town along the bank of lake, and there are wide aviaries with... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2016
Ksenia C
Go to the feeding times

I was a little bit disappointed. On one side, I'm happy that there is not too many birds on... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Queenstown, 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...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 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
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
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

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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...More

Thank kesirs
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...More

Thank Clara N
Reviewed 31 March 2016

It seemed odd here, the main building was fine but the area where the birds were seemed a bit run-down and I thought it was unfair to have healthy birds caged just for public viewing.More

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DOC_Fiordland, Public Relations Manager at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

The birds held in aviaries at Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary have either been injured and cannot survive in the wild, or they have been involved in captive rearing programmes. The injured birds are rehabilitated and if possible, released back into the...More

Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Perfect place to see Takahe, Kaka and Ruru. Takahe is an endangered bird, with just 255 left, found in area around Te Anau. The sanctuary takes good care of them.

Thank Mrinal S
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Town has a few stores which we visited while picking up some other tourists en route to the park. Watch for the one room schoolhouse, quaint!

Thank Tracy_ANTCC
Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

This small bird sanctuary is worth a brief visit to see Kaka and Takahe up close. They are beautiful birds and you're unlikely to see either in the wild. However be aware that the sanctuary is very small and it did not have any kea,...More

Thank JessieD586
Reviewed 17 March 2016

it's just half an hour walk from the town along the bank of lake, and there are wide aviaries with kakas and takahe, as well as some ducks. it's a great place to see these rare birds. if you have time, do come and visit!

Thank Ksenia C
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