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

Puriri Moth (Aenetus virescens), Putaputaweta (Carpodetus serratus) and Kaka (Nestor meridionalis)

Black-fronted Tern (Chlidonias albostriatus)

Garden snail(Cantareus asperses)

Garden snail(Cantareus asperses)

Garden snail(Cantareus asperses)

Garden snail(Cantareus asperses)

Garden snail(Cantareus asperses)

NZ Mud Snail (Amphibola crenata)

NZ Mud Snail (Amphibola crenata)

NZ Fur Seal/Kekeno (Arctocephaluus forsteri)

NZ Fur Seal/Kekeno (Arctocephaluus forsteri)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata) and Wood Rose (Dactylanthus taylorii)

Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Australasian Gannet/Takapu (Morus serrator)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

How to get here

What's On at the Reserve? Wednesday, December 7