April School Holidays 2024

What’s on?

Puppet Show – Tuesday 23rd April at 11am – String Bean Puppets (Anna Bailey)

“Flutter” A short tailed bat who is afraid of the dark is befriended by a sparkly glow worm who thinks she is a star.

The show is for 3-10 year olds.  It’s about overcoming your fears and includes some of Aotearoa’s unique fauna and flora and the threats they face. The threat of introduced predators to our native species and the relationship between the short tailed bat and Te Pua o te Rēinga (Dactylanthus) is part of this story. The puppet show will be followed by a short talk from our Head Ranger about Te Pua o te Rēinga (Dactylanthus). Then we’ll give you the opportunity to view this rare plant which is in flower at our reserve.

Entry to Flutter is by koha. For those wanting to see Te Pua o te Rēinga, standard admission fees will apply.

Storytelling – Thursday 25th April (ANZAC Day) at 1pm – Bianca Begovich

Bianca is a children’s writer and yoga teacher. She has published six books for children about caring for the environment through CreateBooks.  All will be available for sale at Nga Manu as she reads her story ‘The Earth and Me’.  She is also a published poet and in 2016 was awarded second place in the Rangitawa short story competition for her story about ‘Koro Jack’, an old whitebait who travels his local rivers and out to sea. She lives in Kāpiti with her husband, three teenagers, one dog, eight chickens and several thousand bees.

 Entry is free for this session. Standard admission fees apply for those who wish to explore the Reserve before or after.

We’re also open every day during the holiday break from 10am to 5pm. For families we have concession passes available, which include entry for up to 3 children. Click here for more detail.