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We have FREE ENTRY FOR KIDS and $10 Adult entry throughout the long weekend!

Dark Horse Coffee will be available from opening.

Gather your family and friends, pack a picnic and enjoy a day connecting with each other in nature. Our accessible reserve protects a precious remnant of original native forest that is alive with birdsong. Experience a mix of beautiful recreational spaces; nature nooks, open lawns, and picnic spots adjacent to wetlands. Explore our network of all-weather, wheelchair and buggy friendly forest trails. Enjoy sweeping views over the Reserve to Hemi Matenga from our lookout tower. See kiwi, tuatara, kākā and kea in nocturnal displays and walk-through aviaries.

And don’t miss our wonderful new attraction – DWELLBEINGS. This sculpture trail will put your observation skills to the test and get everyone in the family engaged with nature as you follow the clues to seek out the 8 Dwellbeings. These tiny, abstracted dwellings are created from salvaged and reclaimed materials by renowned artists Kemi Niko & Co. and they will get you thinking about homes and habitats from the perspective of the native animals and plants that are iconic to our reserve. We’re sure you’ll have loads of fun finding them all!

  • To enjoy closer encounters with our wildlife, book onto our Feed-Out Tour. It leaves from our Visitor Centre at 11 am ($12 for adults and $8 for children) – Book here or call 04 2934131.
  • At 2 pm watch the Ngā Manu eels being fed – purchase an eel feeding token for $2 to have a go at feeding an eel yourself.
  • Join our guided forest walk at 2:15pm – meet at our eel pond after the eel feeding (included with admission).

As a charitable trust, your visit to Ngā Manu supports Ngā Manu’s wildlife and conservation programmes – thank you!

Please Note: Visitors to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve will be required to show their My Vaccine Pass prior to entry. Masks must be worn in our Visitor Centre and nocturnal house, but are not required outside. More details here