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“Great place to discover nature”

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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The best thing for me is that this is a little piece of forest that represents the natural forest that used to occur up and down the Kapiti Coast but has all but disappeared. Animal lovers will like the animal displays. The signage has a bit of a home-made look about it suggesting they don't have a lot of money to splash around. But things are well looked after. One niggle. I wish they would more clearly show what is natural original vegetation and what are plants that don't naturally occur on this site (ie native NZ plants from elsewhere). It would be more informative. Friendly staff. Great place for kids.

Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We arrived here late in the day, and as the park wasnt busy we were personally shown around the nocturnal house by a staff member which was very nice of him! Thoroughly enjoyed it and got to see the kiwis wandering around their enclosure. The staff seemed to genuinely really care for the animals and were extremely welcoming and friendly! Thank you!!

Thank ClaireST1991
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

I was extremely impressed with Nga Manu.
We drove up from the Manawatu to celebrate our 6 year anniversary.
The weather was a bit dull, but it made no difference to our trip.

The lady at the desk was very helpful on arrival, as she directed us to the eel feeding show.
The guy with the eels was the best eel viewing I have ever been to! Not only can you clearly see them, but he picks one up and lets you touch it! I thought that was great, especially for kids.

The walk ways were great, the waters nice to look at. The look out was worth the walk.
The kiwi enclosure was very cool.

All up, had a great day!

Thank Robyn_256
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

For a great natural experience head to Nga Manu. There you will experience the tuatara, an ancient reptile that you see in few places in the world. We really appreciated the extra knowledge we gained from the very enthusiastic knowledgable staff.

Thank Carolyn H
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

i would highly reccomend Nga Manu to any visitors. The setting is beautiful, the staff are lovely and they do a great job with conservation. Make sure you check out the eel feeding - heaps of fun!

Thank Virginia W
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