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“Native Bush and Bird Paradise”

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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Ngā Mānu is one of my favourite places on the Kāpiti Coast. It is home to a perfect little slice of native New Zealand bush - which is easily accessible by walking tracks and board walks.
It is also a great place to view and learn about native NZ wildlife, particularly the birdlife: there is even a Kiwi House to enable folk to view the ever elusive Kiwi.
A highlight of a trip to Ngā Mānu? Feeding and learning about the Eels!
This is a great day out, pack a picnic and enjoy this wonderful little reserve.

2  Thank Mathew O
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The children enjoyed the walks and looking at the birds in the enclosures. A nice few hours if you take a picnic along.

Thank kitty9874
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Wife in wheel chair. They had a chair with better wheels than mine so we used their. Long wood walkways in Bush Walk made it easy and inclines were minimal. Saw kiwi and lot of birds in enclosures. Provided with wif-fi code, trinkets reasonably priced, bought nice kiwi hat. Picnic areas available. Few people there on week days. Exceptionally nice personnel.

Thank StanLamb
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We went with the grandchildren aged 6 and 4. Absolutely loved it especially eel feeding time. Extensive board walks through the bush and wetland areas. Nocturnal house for kiwi and tuatara viewing. Lots to see and do with a shop. Excellent service :o)

Thank Glenys H
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

my youngest only wanted to see a kiwi (alive). we stopped here and were wonderfully surprised by the simplicity and quaintness of the place. the staff was very helpful and the grounds were lovely. not commercial or over down, but very relaxing. we planned to hit the kiwi and eel quarters then move on, but ended up staying much longer and had the place almost to ourselves. it was great. we explored all the trails, critters, plants and birds. had a wonderful time. were surprised at how quiet the place was. visit it. it's worth it.

Thank mcgben5
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