Welcome to Ngā Manu

Discover a REAL KIWI nature experience within easy reach of Wellington on the picturesque Kāpiti Coast.

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve offers you, your family and visitors a unique opportunity to have a hands-on experience with nature and combines education with a great day out. See New Zealand’s rare brown kiwi in our nocturnal house and meet native birds in our walk-through aviaries. Watch or participate in feeding endangered long-fin eels, spot native geckos and get up close to the ancient tuatara. Take an easy stroll through Kāpiti’s largest remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest in this idyllic bird sanctuary.

Nga Manu Nature Images

New Zealand Falcon/Karearea (Falco novaeseelandiae)

Black-Fronted Tern/Tarapiroe (Sterna albostriata)

Mud snail

Pied Stilt/Poaka (Himantopus leucocephalus)

Land Snail (Wainuia sp.)

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)


Australasian Gannet/Takapu (Morus serrator)

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)

Blackbird (Turdus merula) and Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile)

New Zealand Pigeon/Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)

Blackbird (Turdus merula) and Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile)

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Brown Teal (Anas chlorotis)

Australasian Bittern/ Matuku (Botaurus poiciloptilus)

New Zealand Pipit/Pihoihoi (Anthus novaeseelandiae)

Fantail/Piwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Bellbird/Korimako (Anthornis melanura) and New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax)

Little Pied Shag/Kawaupaka (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris)

How to get here

What's On at the Reserve? Wednesday, October 26