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…

Native Bird Close Encounter

Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. Bookings required 48 hours in advance online or 24 hours by phone (04 293 4131)
Saturday and Sunday – no prior bookings necessary but highly recommended
Close off for all bookings is 9.00am


Native Icons Tour

Tuesday – Saturday between 10am – 4pm (1 hour duration). Bookings essential and required 24 hours in advance.


Ranger Experience

Tuesday – Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm (4 hour duration). Bookings essential and required 24 hours in advance.


Eel Feeding Talk – Free

Monday-Friday 2pm daily (included with admission). Purchase a token ($2.50) from our Visitor Centre if you would like to feed an eel.

Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays 11am and 2pm (included with admission). Purchase a token ($2.50) from our Visitor Centre if you would like to feed an eel.


Guided Forest Walk – Free

Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays – After Eel Feeding Talk

Come on an exciting journey through our bush forest with our experienced guides. Learn about the many flora we have at the Reserve.


Kiwi Night Encounters – Adult $50, Child $30, Friends of Nga Manu Adult $45, Friends of Nga Manu Child $25

Thursday to Sunday at dusk.  Book online or in our Visitor Centre.


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.

Ngā Manu Upcoming Events

Saving the Kākāpō – the Big 2019 Breeding Season

25 July, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 25 November, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

Gene Editing for Invasive Wasp Control

7 August, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 7 November, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Role of the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

21 August, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 21 November, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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