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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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An opportunity to see some endangered NZ birds.

This low key sanctuary for some of New Zealand's endangered bird species is well worth visiting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
If you have 30 minutes....

Just outside of town it's worth a quick look. They have four takahe - there are only about 350... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
+64 3-249 7924
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This low key sanctuary for some of New Zealand's endangered bird species is well worth visiting. Admission is by a small donation and the site overlooks Lake Te Anau. The Takahe, a flightless waterfowl, were my favourite! Please support the valuable conservation work being conducted...More

Thank connollyrj20
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are only 300 remaining existing Kahake birds in the world (they were thought extinct) and you can see two of them here. It is free, it is very close--don't miss them!

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a guided tour of the bird sanctuary and got to see the rare Takahe feeding. Then we had a great informative talk about how and what they feed on. Also saw some other NZ Parrots and ducks and all for just a gold...More

Thank PattiG103
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Te Anau bird sanctuary is a must see when visiting Lake Te Anau. The DOC person was informative and helpful, she made the visit well worth while. A great hour.

1  Thank IGJVR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely Sanctuary, The Doc lady that talked us through the feeding procedure was amazing she absolutely made the day, Go visit and see for yourself. It is a must

1  Thank v0nney
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

This is a small non profit organisation that focuses on nurturing injured birds and actively involved in breeding near-extinct takahe birds. Go during the morning feeding time to get up close and personal with the takahe birds. You'll be given a thorough explanation of the...More

1  Thank wyl03
Reviewed 13 July 2018

It was a disappointment to go to see the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. The place is well maintained for a walk but we were no in a mood to go for a walk. Any way there are no tickets for entry. May be we are...More

Thank SojanIpe
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We were not going to go to the bird sanctuary but our tour leader and fellow tourists all raved about the sanctuary. So we visited and it was wonderful!! The woman who was feeding the birds gave a fabulous commentary on the individual birds and...More

1  Thank Cathy P
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Just outside of town it's worth a quick look. They have four takahe - there are only about 350 left in the world. It's by donation, so cheap and worth 30 minutes of your time.

Thank brandasa
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Since we settled into our lodging early, we could walk around leisurely and found this bird sanctuary.All the birds were in cages and not much to see, more ducks than anything else.But the benches and signs were cute and designed. Its on a flat piece...More

Thank itcheetam
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