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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

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Choose Ngā Manu

We really can’t articulate how outstanding our visit to Ngā Manu was - having just been to Kapiti... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
AndreaAndyMB
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Picnic out

Really enjoyed wandering around here today.....lots to see and great facilities. After our wander... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2018
KarenJDG
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Napier, New Zealand
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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...more
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74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really can’t articulate how outstanding our visit to Ngā Manu was - having just been to Kapiti Island around the same time, we would have to say very definitely go to Ngā Manu instead. We saw more birds (outside) than on Kapiti Island by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AndreaAndyMB
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your very positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your Theo's Cottage stay so much - we shall pass on your kind comments to the wonderful volunteers who do such an excellent job maintaining and setting up Theo's Cottage for our visitors.

Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed wandering around here today.....lots to see and great facilities. After our wander we enjoyed a picnic that we had taken with us. Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KarenJDG
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thank you for your nice review Karen. It's great to have the picnic weather back! We're glad you enjoyed your visit :)

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Great day out with the Family. It was great for the kids had a nice lunch watch out over the water looking at the birds.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your picnic :)

Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

Highly enjoyable outing - I went on a Saturday in Sept and the place was surprisingly quiet. The $7 extra to go through the feeding was great - I had a interesting (volunteer) guide (to myself), and learnt quite a few things. Great place to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your Feed Out Tour. Thank you for writing us this great review.

Reviewed August 28, 2018

I visited the Nga Manu Nature Reserve with a group of 15 overseas visitors and 10 New Zealanders. Our visit began with a talk by a guide which was very informative and interesting. Unfortunately the nocturnal house was undergoing maintenance work at the time of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for writing us this great review Peter. We are really happy that you and your group enjoyed your visit so much. We hope to have our upgraded nocturnal house open very soon :)

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

We took our moko to visit and we all really enjoyed it. We liked the native trees and plants as it gave us more ideas for our place. Moko enjoyed it, especially the birds and the lookout. Even though it rained, we were impressed.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kiwiintheus
Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

That's good to hear. Have fun planting out your place - give us a call if you need any advice on wetland planting - Rhys is our expert. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed July 12, 2018

I have driven past the sign on the expressway many times and decided to make a visit. Well I could go on about the place, ie native birds up close, walk in aviaries, lovely grounds and tracks. The walk is easy going and also can...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2018

Hi Sid. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review of your visit. We are glad you enjoyed our lookout tower - we will soon have a new information board up there too, showing the view as it now with...More

Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

Up close and personal with a cheeky Kaka, and the Kiwi. Unfortunately too cold this time of year for the Tuatara. Loved seeing all the birds in their natural habitat. Thoroughly recommend a visit!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thank you for your nice review Karen. We hope you get to see the tuatara on another visit.

Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I brought out three children to teach them a few things about New Zealand native birds and this place didn't disappoint. We paid for a guided feeding tour and had an absolutely fantastic time with our guide. She was very knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Hi Keiran, thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are thrilled that your family all enjoyed the visit so much and were able to have some really close encounters with our bird's on the Feed Out Tour and create lasting family memories. We...More

Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

We spend the day there. It is a lovely set up, love all the Buch walk, and the view tower, stunning view from there. Had a ball with the Kea birds, so funny. Had our coffee in the garden. Deffently worth going too. Thanks for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Sarah F, Public Relations Manager at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

You are very welcome. Thank you for the great review!

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Mary A
July 28, 2018|
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Response from Sarah F | Property representative |
Hi Mary. There is an entrance fee and this supports the Nga Manu Trust's ongoing viability, education, research, conservation and education. There are some discount tickets available and group discounts. Full pricing details... More
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