Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae

4.5
#1 of 16 in Parks in Kapiti Coast
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 there's seating and picnic spots throughout the reserve. All facilities are designed for wheelchair and pushchair access and family enjoyment is well catered for. Our Birds are fed at 11am daily so this is a great time to observe the kiwi. Attend the Whio feeding talk at 12:30pm and take part in our Eel Feeding at 2pm daily. On summer weekends and public holidays you can go on a tour of the forest at 2:15pm.

Nga Manu has overnight accommodation (for up to 4 adults) available in the Reserve - bookings are essential. http://ngamanu.co.nz/functions-accommodation/stay-the-night-theos-cottage/

The Nga Manu Function Centre is the perfect venue for your event, celebration or wedding. Group packages and education packages are available and we are also a great venue for corporate team building.

For more information and pricing, please visit our website:

http://www.ngamanu.co.nz/
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  • My parents took me and my teenager (we're from out of town) here for an afternoon visit and we spent a very pleasant hour or so walking around and looking at some animals. I loved being able to see Tu...  more »
  • Lovely casual day in Nov meeting up with friends - 1 couple had been married at Nga Manu the year before. Lots of fun feeding the birds - & the eels. Plenty of space to walk about , see birds in cages...  more »
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  • We went as a couple (no kids) and got our money's worth! Nice pathways to explore with lots of signs explaining plants and animals. We loved seeing the birds up close, especially since we got quite a good look at the kiwi in the nocturnal house! We went to the eel feeding as well and took advantage of the picnic spots for a quick lunch we brought with us. Very relaxed and was not crowded. We spent about 2.5hrs. Would recommend!
  • Lovely place for the whole family, trails are not too long and buggy friendly for smaller kids. Lots of ducks to feed(just buy duck food on site) and facilities for picnics. Lovely seeing many of the birds in their natural environment. Shop also has some great souvenirs and toys for the little ones as well as books.
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