Ngā Manu Vision and Purpose
Ngā Manu has been managed by the charitable, non-profit Ngā Manu Trust since 1974 and opened to the public in 1981.
The objectives of the trust are education, conservation and preservation of New Zealand native flora and fauna. The 14 hectare reserve
preserves one of the largest remnants of coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kāpiti Coast and provides a haven for native birds.
Meet our cheeky native birds – Kākā, Kakariki, Kea and Whio – during this 30-40 minute guided Ranger tour.
Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Saturday and Sunday – 11am no prior bookings required (just walk-in).
Price: $20 child/$30 adult (admission to the Reserve half price)
Tick off three of Aotearoa’s native wildlife icons – Kiwi, Tuatara and Tuna (eels) – during this 30-40 minute guided Ranger tour
Tuesday – Saturday between 10am – 4pm
Price: $45 child/$60 adult (eel feeding and admission to the Reserve is included)
Go behind the scenes with a Ranger during this 4 hour experience.
Tuesday – Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Price: $75 (admission to the Reserve is included)
Discover the secret lives of kiwi at dusk during this 1.5 hour experience.
Thursday to Sunday at dusk
Price: $30 child/$50 adult ; $25 FNM child/$45 FNM adult
All wildlife experiences require booking 48 hours in advance online or 24 hours by phone (04) 293 4131.
Native Reptile Close Encounter
Get up close to our native reptiles, tuatara, geckos and skinks in this 30-40 minute Ranger guided tour.
Saturdays. Please call the office (04 2934131) to book your place on this exciting tour.
Share the love of nature campaign
Donate a family annual membership, family day pass or wildlife experience to someone in the Community. Check out this link for more information.
Our Rangers give you an insight on the long life cycle of our native tuna (eels) and the extraordinary journey they undertake.
Monday-Friday 2pm daily (included with admission).
Saturday, Sunday and all public & school holidays 11am and 2pm (included with admission).
Pole-feed the eels: $2.50 Purchase a token from our Visitor Centre.
Come on an exciting journey through our bush forest with our passionate guides.
Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays – After Eel Feeding Talk
Book your Christmas Party at Nga Manu
Book our Robin’s Nest for your Christmas Party and enjoy the easy indoor/outdoor flow and lawn area overlooking the pond.
Other Important Information
Ngā Manu is accessible to all – wheelchair and buggy friendly. Mobility aids are available from our Visitor Centre, for example you can use, for free, our mobility scooter, wheelchair, walking frame or baby stroller.
No smoking or vaping is permitted anywhere onsite (including the carpark).
No dogs allowed on site (excluding service dogs).
No bikes allowed into the reserve. Bike racks are available in the carpark.