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“Love the keas!”

Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Waikanae
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover "A Real KIWI Nature Experience" on the Kapiti Coast, within easy reach of Wellington. A diverse range of native animals & over 700 plant species. Nga Manu Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience with nature. It is a 'must see' attraction for all local families and tourists visiting the Wellington region. There are 13 hectares for you to explore, including the largest remnant of original lowland coastal swamp forest on the stunning Kapiti Coast. The animal life at Nga Manu is a mix of both wild and enclosed species. Get up close to the iconic New Zealand Kiwi in the Nocturnal house and discover New Zealand's unique prehistoric reptile- the Tuatara. Meet the friendly Kea, Tui, Fantail, Kereru and Kaka. Over 56 different bird species come and go around the wetlands, bush and surroundings. All pathways are easily walked and are wheelchair and pushchair friendly (a wheelchair is available on site - we recommend that those in a wheelchair come with a friend who can assist with the aviary double doors). There are seating and picnic spots throughout the reserve including a BBQ facility and area. Follow the staff on our 'Bird Feeding Tour' at 11 am daily or take part in our Eel Feeding at 2 pm daily. We have a free guided bush walk and talk on weekends over the summer period and public holidays. We are flexible with your requirements, catering for individuals and groups, as well as hosting educational programs for visiting school groups in our Conservation Education Centre. If you have a special request please ask and we will work with you to create the best experience. We are able to provide personalised guided tours, catered lectures and a unique celebration or wedding venue.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 24 January 2012

This is a lovely day out for old and young alike but better on a day it is sunny, take a picnic and enjoy the walks and all the native bush and birds. They have a new kiwi chick and a lot of tuataras which are interesting. Don't miss the 2pm eel feeding!

Thank littlecoldkiwi
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Its so unlikely for tourists to see Kiwi in the wild, that it is next best to see them in a nature preserve. They have a darkened room and you can watch the feeding of the Kiwi. They have some beautiful specimens of native flora and fawna and walking trails to enjoy. Great for birding. Nice little shop .

Thank Jude G
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

This is relatively a less-known attraction around Wellington, but we definitely recommend to visit. The kiwi house is a good chance to see the kiwis, some bird cages provide you to look at NZ native birds, such as kereru, kea, tui and so on. The entrance fee $15 for adult is relatively affordable price compared to the other similar attractions in NZ.
About 5min drive from Waikanae station or 50min drive from Wellington city centre.

4  Thank kiwipukupuku
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Reviewed 27 November 2017
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