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Punanga Manu o Te Anau

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New Zealand birds

I loved that it was free and accessible from the lake path. The aviaries were okay, but I didn't... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2015
Rotorua, New Zealand
Good education

It certainly isn't like going to the zoo but it was great to see and learn about takehe and kaka... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2015
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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 22 May 2015

I loved that it was free and accessible from the lake path. The aviaries were okay, but I didn't see a single staff member and can't attest to how well cared for the birds are. The lack of information on the signs was kind of...More

Thank AmandaPressly
Reviewed 20 April 2015

We stopped here on our way out of town and were disappointed with what we found. Entry was free though they ask for a gold coin donation per person. A lot of the enclosures were empty and what was there didn’t seem to be much...More

Thank NzKiwi4
Reviewed 18 April 2015

As noted by others this is a small facility. My son loved it and we enjoyed feeding some of the birds. Entry is by donation so it is a cheap option on a nice day if you have some time.

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Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

It certainly isn't like going to the zoo but it was great to see and learn about takehe and kaka. Luckily caught the keepers talk which made it much better. Doc should consider improving the facility. It could be a major tourist attraction.

1  Thank QuentinS968
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Awesome idea to put some birds in the middle of town so kids and families can see them, everything for free and you have awesome chance to see kea, kaka, pukeko and takahe

1  Thank adkowska
Reviewed 29 March 2015

The birds are in cages which were heavily netted so photographs were not a possibility. We saw a Mork Por in one cage and just felt sorry for him as it felt as if he had no space to fly. The grounds are wonderful and...More

Thank filligirl
Reviewed 23 March 2015

It was just ok, the best part of it was the walk from the town around the edge of the lake. We were able to see some takahe but other than that the only other wildlife sightable were ducks.

Thank Treeleaper
Reviewed 22 March 2015

This is free and very useful to get a look at the various birds that you might see in the wild. Nicely displayed. Feels as if the birds are in the open rather than in a cage. Many of them could fly off if they...More

Thank SilverTraveller
Reviewed 19 March 2015

We went to check out the Takahe that we heard lived there and it obliged by sitting out where we could see it. There were not many other animals on show on the Sunday afternoon. It may have been siesta time. The park looked well...More

Thank jeanette174
Reviewed 18 March 2015

park and centre worth a look if you are near. Very pleasant walking through the woods but don't expect to see any birds. Cages are a good half hour walk from the centre and are pretty grim with fine mesh netting and overgrown so if...More

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