Wildlife pond at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve
Image: Ngā Manu | ©


Discover the wonders of our native flora and fauna at this idyllic bird sanctuary - explore Kapiti’s precious ancient forest remnant and look out for tui, bellbird, fantail, grey warbler and kereru; spot the kiwi and tuatara in their enclosures; get up close to kaka, kea and kākāriki in the walk-through aviaries.
  • Up to 60 different bird species come and go around the wetlands, bush and surroundings – how many can you spot?
  • Test your night-vision in the nocturnal house – can you spy the kiwi, morepork and tuatara?
  • Join the daily feeding (2 pm) of the free ranging eels.
  • Pack a picnic – there are loads of great spots.

Get ready

Download the Ngā Manu adventure map (PDF, 1,279K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word – write it down.

Getting there: Ngā Manu is in Waikanae. Follow the signs off SH1, turn down Park Avenue, then left onto Ngarara Road. Just after the bridge over SH1, turn right onto Ngā Manu Reserve Road and continue to the car park.

Entry fees apply.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Ngā Manu code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Ngā Manu is a sanctuary for a diverse range of native birds and over 700 plant species. The Reserve offers visitors a real, hands-on nature experience that is accessible to all.

Ngā Manu logo.

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