COVID-19 Information

From 5th April, vaccine passes will no longer be required to visit Ngā Manu.

Masks are required to be worn indoors in our Visitor Centre and nocturnal house, however may be removed when in the reserve.

Due to the Omicron outbreak we are currently unable to run some of our tours and experiences. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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…

Due to the Omicron outbreak we are currently unable to run these tours and experiences: Feed-Out Tours, Guided Forest Walks and Ranger for the Day Experiences. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Feed-Out Tour (Temporarily unavailable). Normally at 11am (Adult $12, Child $7). Monday to Friday – bookings must be made 48-hours in advance online or 24-hours by phone (04) 293 4131.
Saturday and Sunday – no prior booking necessary – sign up in our Visitor Centre.


Eel Feeding Talk at 2pm daily (included with admission). Purchase a feeding token ($2) from our Visitor Centre.


Guided Forest Walk (Temporarily unavailable)


Kiwi Night Encounters Thursday to Sunday at dusk (Adult $35, Child $25).  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.

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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