The 14 hectare Ngā Manu Reserve comprises a mosaic of habitats including the largest remnant of lowland swamp forest remaining on the Kāpiti Coast. The forest walk is typified by swamp maire, pukatea, kohekohe, and several breathtaking 400–year-old Kahikatea. The forest is also shared with an abundance of tui, kākā, kererū, waxeye, piwakawaka, grey warbler and their associated chorus of birdsong.
The Japanese call it ‘forest bathing’, and it’s true that a bath in the Ngā Manu forest will go a long way to revitalising your mauri/life force. This 40-minute loop walk has a lovely leafy canopy and is an easy path which is accessibility friendly. The walk will leave you feeling refreshed and connected back to nature.
Guided forest walks – FREE
On Sunday’s we offer a free guided forest walk with our expert and passionate guides. Join in for as long or short as you like. The guides will take you around the forest loop, describing the flora and fauna. This interactive talk and chat will allow you to ask questions as your guide explains the re-establishment of the forest and the importance of the eco-system and our role as kaitiakitanga/guardians and protectors.
Meet the guide in the Visitor Centre at 12.15pm, straight after the 12pm Eel Feeding Talk.