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.

What’s On…

Wildlife Experiences

Native Bird Close Encounter

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)


Native Icons Tour

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)


Ranger Experience

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)


Kiwi Night Encounters

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.


What’s new

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.


Free activities

Eel Feeding Talk – Free

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.


Guided Forest Walk – Free

Come on an exciting journey through our bush forest with our passionate guides.
Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays – After Eel Feeding Talk


Other activities

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.

Click here to download our ‘Maps and Trail Guides’ to use on your visit

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.

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