Matariki Weekend

There is lots to do at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve over Matariki weekend (Friday 28 June – Sunday 30 June, 10am to 5pm).

Star Hunt Trail and Seed Bomb workshop

  • Collect your Matariki Trail map and your seed bomb collection kit from our Visitor Centre when paying your Reserve entry.
  • Find the 9 Matariki stars hidden around the reserve, and answer the questions.
  • Collect the seeds and other ingredients at each point.
  • Bring your answer sheet and collection kit back to the Visitor Centre.
  • Learn how to make your seed bombs with our wonderful volunteers.
  • Go into win an annual Family membership for 2 adults and up to 3 children. If you already have a Friends of Nga Manu family membership, we will extend this for a further year.

Meet a Moa

Meet our friendly Moa at Nga Manu on Friday from 11am and even have a go at feeding it.

Get your face painted

Daizy Design Face Painting are onsite Friday from 12pm – 2pm. Buy a token at our Visitor Centre.

Enjoy something to eat and a hot drink

Buy a sausage sizzle or a hot drink token from our Visitor Centre


Child-friendly wildlife experiences

Check out these child friendly wildlife experiences. There are lots of opportunities to experience the Nature Reserve behind the scenes and up close .

  • Native Bird Close Encounter $25 per child/$40 per adult.
  • Ranger Experience $75 (shadow a ranger!) Go behind the scenes of Ngā Manu with a ranger who will show you the animals up close and personal.
  • Kiwi Night Encounter $30 per Child/$50 per adult. Discover the secret lives of Kiwi at dusk, ages 7+
  • Stay overnight in Theo’s Cottage with this special winter rate of $160 per night (valid until 30 Sept 2024). Stay over after your Kiwi Night Encounter and experience the reserve all to yourself after hours
  • Overnight Wildlife Adventure combine a night in Theo’s Cottage with a Kiwi Night Encounter or Native Bird Close Encounter. One and two adult family packages available