Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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  • Nga Manu must be about the only place on the coast where you can see tuatara, kiwi, kakariki, kaka, native ducks and long-finned eels up close and personal. Such good value! 
  • This is a great little park nestled in the center of town. Once you enter the gates all you see, hear and smell is Mother Nature 
  • Wonderful walk ways with many attractions for children, very peaceful and quiet yet not far from the village of Waikanae. The walk is suitable for all ages. 
  • We took our Grand-kids for the day. Unique experience. Paid extra to go on the Bird Feed Out Tour. This was brilliant. The highlight was the hand reared Tui who had no fear of humans would feed from your hand, sit on your shoulder and probe your ear cavities. We are told they are considering releasing this bird into the wild. My concern is not only is this bird one of their major draw-cards, given it's tameness I have concerns about it's ability to survive in the wild. The Kiwis, Tuataras et-al make this a wonderful asset for the country. The bush walk with tree identification labels is brilliant for teaching those not lucky enough to experience education from Scouts etc. I suggest taking a picnic lunch to fill in time while waiting for the Eel feeding. Brilliant selection of picnic areas among the native bush.
  • Great place to see how the Kapiti Coast looked before the land was cultivated for farming. Feeding the eels is fun!
  • Gina & I really enjoyed our visit yesterday, If you are looking for great place to visit, We highly recommend Ngu Manu Nature Reserve, in Waikanae. At 11am we set off with Joanne on the bird feeding tour around the aviaries, which Gina and I thoroughly enjoyed, it was very informative and we got to feed the birds. The tour is a must do, if you have the time. We saw Kakariki (NZ Parakeet) Kaka, Kea, Scaup (diving ducks) Kiwi, plus many more. We also saw the Tuatara (rare NZ reptile). After the tour was over, we walked around some more of the reserve. We saw many more species of birds including Tui , White faced heron and Monarch butterflies on swan plants. We then made our way up to the lookout tower, the views were amazing. We also visited, Fern Island, Preservation Island and BBQ Island the only things we didn’t get to finish were the bush walk and to feed the eels. Elayne, Brightchic Photography & Day Trips for the Uninspired.
  • Good spot to visit for a few hours with all ages. Get some bird feed and take your time.
  • If you like birds this is the place to go
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