Upcoming Events

Nga Manu’s Winter Lecture Series…

Call 04 2934131 to book your seats.
Entry by paper koha
When: Arrive 3:30 pm for tea & biscuits. Lecture starts at 4 pm and finishes at 5 pm.
Where: Robin’s Nest Building at Ngā Manu

Wednesday 21 August

Simon Upton
‘The Role of the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is a unique advisory role found nowhere else in the world. Fully independent of the Government of the day, the Commissioner has the freedom to investigate any environmental issue they see fit. Simon Upton was appointed in October 2017. He will talk about the role of his office and some of the work he has completed or has underway.

Past Events

Wednesday 7 August

Phil Lester, Victoria University of Wellington
‘Gene Editing for Invasive Wasp Control’

Over the last century Common and German wasps invaded and established colonies throughout the country. In honeydew beech forest wasps reach the highest densities known in the world. What is the potential of new gene editing technologies for wasp and pest control? How safe is gene editing? How close are we to using it? And would it effectively control wasps if we did genetically modify these pests?


Deidre Vercoe and Andrew Digby, DoC
‘Saving the Kākāpō – the Big 2019 Breeding Season’

The kākāpō breeding season of 2019 was by far the biggest on record, with over 200 eggs laid by 49 females. We’ll provide an update on what happened during the year, and describe the ground-breaking conservation technology and management methods which are used to protect this unique and charismatic parrot.

School Holiday Kiwi Egg Scavenger Hunt 6th – 21st July

Bring the kids to Ngā Manu over the school holidays and take part in our Kiwi Egg Scavenger Hunt to celebrate the arrival of our first kiwi egg of the season, laid by Ataahua on the 20th June. Solve 6 clues by finding the golden kiwi eggs and gain your entry into our grand prize draw. The winning entry will be drawn on 22nd July.

The winner may choose one of 2 grand prize options:

1) A Ngā Manu Kiwi Night Encounter for up to 5 people – valued at up to $150 (Suitable for Age 7+).

2) A Night in Theo’s Cottage at Ngā Manu for 4 people – valued at $170 (For 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

Terms and Conditions:

The chosen prize is non transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Option 1 is to be redeemed on a Thursday Kiwi Night Encounter in July, August, September or October 2019. Option 2 may be booked on any available date up to and including October 31st 2019.

Wednesday 12 June

Geoff Ridley, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
‘Fungi of Kāpiti and Wellington’

While Kāpiti and Wellington were the sites of some of the earliest fungal exploration, they have not been well explored. This presentation will look at the habitats that occur in these areas and the different fungi associated with them.

Mon 3rd June – Queen’s Birthday

Pack a picnic and bring your little kings and queens to Nga Manu Nature Reserve on Monday 3rd June and enjoy a royal discount!
– $10.00 admission for adults
– $5 admission for children
This includes entry to Nga Manu, our Eel Feeding Talk at 2pm and our Guided Forest Walk at 2:15pm.

Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts (including Entertainment Book Vouchers).

Wednesday 29 May

Lara Shepherd, Te Papa
‘Tracing the Māori Cultivation of New Zealand Plants’

When Māori arrived in New Zealand many of the plant species, they brought with them were not suited to New Zealand’s climate. Instead they began to cultivate a number of native New Zealand plants they found and some of these they moved around New Zealand as part of their cultivation. Lara is using to DNA to trace the origins and movements of some of these plants.

Wednesday 1 May – Winter lecture

Neil Gemmell, University of Otago
‘Environmental DNA for Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Monster Hunting’

Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is a smorgasbord of organic materials left behind by living things as they pass through their environment. Recent studies have shown the potential of eDNA to detect rare, highly mobile, marine organisms, useful for fisheries, conservation, biosecurity, and the occasional monster hunt. Professor Neil Gemmell is the Royal Society Te Apārangi sponsored speaker for the 2019 Ngā Manu Winter Lectures.

19 – 22 april Easter Celebration

FREE admission for children throughout the long weekend – Come and celebrate Easter at Ngā Manu and have fun with all the family!

Take part in the Golden Kiwi Egg Scavenger Hunt to enter our prize draw to win a wonderful Easter Prize pack. Visit our Easter Zone at Robin’s Nest – be sure to snap a family photo with our Easter Bunny and enter it into our Eggcellent Easter Photo Competition for another chance to win an Easter Prize Pack.

On Easter, Saturday and Sunday children can hunt for our ‘Ngā Manu Easter Rocks’ and exchange them for Easter eggs (limit of one egg per child).

On Easter Sunday there will be special ‘Winner Eggs’ hiding in the Reserve and whoever finds them will instantly win a prize! Claim your prize at our Easter Zone – limit of one per family.

Thank you to all our sponsors who have kindly donated prizes: Adrenalin Kapiti Coast, Countdown Waikanae, Dirt School, Kapiti Chocolate Factory, Kapiti Coast District Council, Kapiti Kruzer, Pukaha Mount Bruce, Southwards Car Museum, Staglands, Zealandia, Warehouse, Wellington Zoo and Whio Forever.

23 April – Bird Banding and Mist-Netting Workshop

9am to 12:30pm (3.5 hours), Cost: $25 per child. Suitable for 8+ yr olds.

We will learn how to band birds and why we do it, along with the methods we use to capture and handle birds with appropriate care. This school holiday workshop is practice-based and will suit children who already have an interest in the natural world. Patience is required for mist-netting – the session will include setting up nets and waiting for birds to fly into them.

Call 04 2934131 to book a place on one or both sessions.

The workshops will be postponed to the following day if there is a risk of rain – please let us know at the time of booking if you are unable to make the rain date so that we can offer your place to another child. Thank you.

15, 16 & 17 April – Kākāriki Nature Play Holiday Programme

Tales of the Forest, suitable for 4 – 8 yr olds.
Storytelling and puppets, natural crafts, lots of bush play and a fire pit to finish.
3 sessions available: each session is different so children can come on multiple days.
For further info PM Anna Burns, email annaburns.enrich@gmail.com 
or Phone 021 02430430.

3 mar – Children’s Day with Kakariki nature play

Come along and enjoy free entry for children to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve with free outdoor activities to inspire creativity, get tactile, and have fun in the bush, while learning about the different species of wildlife that call Ngā Manu home.

With Daisy Design Face Painting from 10am to 12 noon, Kakariki Nature Play all day with storytelling sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Eel feeding at 2pm and a guided walk at 2.15, alongside drop in activities, the day will have something for the whole family! Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Ngā Manu.

Note: Kid’s go free at Ngā Manu on Children’s Day- offer not available with any other offer. Children are 0-15 years and must be accompanied by a paying adult.

27/28 Oct and 3/4 Nov – Kapiti Arts Trail at Nga Manu

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Don’t miss the Nga Manu Hub during the Kapiti Arts Trail – 3 wonderful local artists are drawing inspiration from the wildlife at Ngā Manu. Entry to the exhibition is free over both weekends and attendees will receive a half-price entry voucher to Nga Manu Nature Reserve that can be redeemed between October 27th and November 4th. Local Waikanae Scouts and Venturers will be doing a sausage sizzle.

These artworks will be for sale, along with many others…

the hits Competition to win a free wedding at nga manu on 26 oct.

We are delighted to wish Tony and Hannah from Paraparaumu a huge congratulations for winning a beautiful Nga Manu wedding with Perfect Little Weddings and The Hits on 90.1. Click here to see the competition details and what was included in their prize.

With Photography by KirstenPalliserFlowers by CaroleBrides on ThorndonNga Manu Nature ReservePascoes The JewellersRembrandtBlue Carrot Catering and Karen Simpson-Warren – Marriage Celebrant.

1 oct – 14 oct school holidays:

make a nature crown in our information centre and enter our facebook competition.

To enter:

  • ‘Like’ our Facebook page. 
  • Share a photo of your nature crown  to our Facebook page and tag @NgaManuNatureReserve for your chance to win a prize. Entries close on 15th October.

Daily at 12:30pm – Kea Talk and toy making

Come along to our talk in the Kea Aviary and then have a go at making a Kea toy. The talk and introduction to toy making will run to 12:50pm. You will have until 1:30pm to finish making your kea toy in our Visitor Centre.
Space will be limited for the toy making to the first 8 children each day.

Weekend workshops – Bird Banding with Matu – 6 & 7 Oct,  13 & 14 Oct

Pukeko banding

Learn about this useful conservation tool through fun activities and games with Matu Booth (Ngā Manu Nature Reserve Manager).

Where: At Robin’s Nest at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve.
When: 2:15pm (after our popular 2pm eel feeding talk) until 4pm.
Entry Fee: $5 per child (not included with general admission).

How to book: You must call Matu on 021 1449666 to book your place. There is a limit of 10 children per session. These workshops are suitable for children aged 8+.

25 July – Coming to Terms with Introduced Wildlife.

Dr Jamie Steer.

Why accepting introduced wildlife makes more sense than you think.
Dr Jamie Steer will explain why he believes we need to start coming to terms with introduced wildlife in New Zealand and the permanent changes they bring. His talk will challenge the longstanding tendency to ‘catastrophize’ the impacts of introductions and emphasize some of the important but unheralded positives of ‘reconciliation’.

11 July – Kapiti Marine Reserve: Revealing the Hidden Jewel in the Kapiti Island Crown.

Ben Knight, Guardians of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve. 

Learn about the history of Kāpiti Marine Reserve, the reasons for its establishment and the rules and regulations that protect it. Ben will provide a summary of the latest scientific research that highlights the stunning return to abundance for the marine life within the Reserve. Learn about the marine life found within the reserve and join a discussion on the management challenges and threats the reserve faces. Discover ways that you and members of the local community can get involved as Kaitiaki/ Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve.

16 June – Communities supporting lizards

Free admission (does not include admission to the wildlife park).
Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee will be supplied.


9am –9.15 am: Welcome and the role of Ngā Manu – Matu Booth

9.15am-10.00 am: Setting the scene

  1. Why we should love lizards – Niki Toki
  2. Lizard strategy for the Wellington region 2012-20 – Myfanwy Emeny

10.00 am-10.30 am: Morning tea

10.30 am – 11.15 am: Victoria University Research

  1. Can habitat enhancement improve the resilience of endemic lizard populations in the presence of alien predators? – Sarah Herbert
  2. Mitigation translocation for conservation of New Zealand lizards – Zoe Lennon
  3. Restoring lizard faunas in New Zealand cities – Chris Woolley

11.15 am – 12.15 pm: What we know about local lizard populations

  1. The Kāpiti Biodiversity Project – Paul Callister
  2. Pukerua Bay – Gillian Candler and Don Newman
  3. Waterfall Road Kotukutuku Group – Jim O’Malley
  4. Te Motu Kairangi-Miramar Ecological Restoration – Joakim Liman
  5. ZEALANDIA – Ellen Irwin

12.15-12.45 pm: Lunch

12.45 pm- 1.25 pm: Predator control and supporting lizard populations

  1. Managing predators for lizard outcomes- James Reardon
  2. Local trials – Angus Hulme-Moir

1.25 pm – 2.00 pm: Captive breeding and translocations

  1. How keeping captive lizards at home aids in conservation – Joel Knight
  2. Breeding for wild release – Dennis Keall

2.00 pm – 2.30 pm afternoon tea

2.30 pm- 2.45pm: School and home ‘lizard gardens’ – Amelia Geary

For further information contact Paul Callister paul.callister@outlook.com

13 June – Seaweeds – in the Garden & in the Kitchen

Dr Wendy Nelson, NIWA 

Seaweeds have been valued for hundreds of years in both gardening and as food. This talk will cover some of the history of seaweed use, how different cultures around the world use seaweeds and seaweed products, and then discuss how we can use the seaweeds that are readily available around our coasts in the garden, as well as looking at options for including sea vegetables into healthy everyday cooking.

Queen’s Birthday discount – Mon 4th June

Discounted Admission to the Reserve:

Adult  – $10.00
Child  – Gold coin

This includes entry to Nga Manu, our Eel Feeding Talk at 2pm and our Guided Forest Walk at 2:15pm – come and see the stunning kohekohe in full bloom!

Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts and does not include our 11am Feed Out Tour ($25 per adult and $10 per child). Eel feeding tokens may be purchased for $1 to have a go at feeding the eels at our 2pm talk and duck food is $2 a bag.

23 May – Our Natural Capital – Native Birds & You.

Myfanwy Emeny, Open Space and Parks Manager, WCC

Hear about the successes and challenges that Wellington faces as we work to find the balance between people and the native birds that are living amongst us once again. Kaka and kakariki are also returning to the Kāpiti Coast. Come and hear how you can encourage co-existence in your back yard.

Ngā Manu easter weekend celebration!

Free admission for children throughout the long weekend. Take part in our annual Easter Bunny Hunt to enter our colouring competition for your chance to win a fabulous Easter prize pack.

On Easter, Saturday and Sunday children can hunt for our ‘Ngā Manu Easter Rocks’ and exchange them for Easter eggs in our Information Centre (limit of one egg per child).

On Easter Sunday, the lucky child who finds the Easter Bunny first and brings the special Easter egg to our Information Centre will win a giant chocolate Easter Bunny.

T’s & C’s:
Entry: Kids go free! General admission rates apply to anyone over 15. You can find these on our website: http://ngamanu.co.nz/plan-your-visit/hours-pricing/

Free Easter eggs available while stocks last – limit of one per child. You are welcome to bring your own chocolate to hide in the Reserve, but please make sure all wrappers go into the bins provided.

Colouring competition sheets can be picked up from the desk at our Information Centre. They can be completed at Ngā Manu or returned to our Information Centre, posted to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, PO BOX 126, Waikanae, 5250 or emailed to admin@ngamanu.co.nz or shared to our Facebook page.

The winner of the Easter Sunday Bunny Hunt will receive their prize on the day and a photo will be taken of the winner that will be posted on our Facebook page.

The prize winner of our colouring competition will be selected on Monday 23rd April. The prize will include Easter chocolate treats and a selection of books by Andrew Crowe. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Spring School holidays

Celebrate the arrival of our Whio (Blue duck) ducklings – there will be children’s activities with a duckling theme in our Visitor Centre. 

Older children and adults can take part in a Photo Safari. 
Saturday 30th September, Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th October, Monday 9th to Saturday 14th October.

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Ideal for the novice – if you only use the ‘auto’ setting on your camera, these workshops are perfect for you! Local Kapiti photographer Murray Short will be sharing his experience and expertise to help you improve your photography skills. Learn how to get more from your camera, see the world through ‘photographer’s eyes’ and have fun while learning.

Bring a packed lunch and your camera or smart phone on your visit to Ngā Manu these school holidays and join us at midday for a Photo Safari. 

Call 04 2934131 to book your place. Just $2 on top of admission. 
Workshops will be limited to a maximum of 15 people. Recommended for age 7+. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

12 noon – Pre Safari Briefing in Ngā Manu’s Conservation and Education Centre. 
12:15pm – Photo Safari Walk around Ngā Manu.
1:00pm – Break for Lunch. You may like t
o attend Ngā Manu’s popular eel feeding talk at 2pm.
2:15pm – Feedback, critique and editing guidance.

The workshops will take place rain or shine. Please call us if you have made a booking and are subsequently unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to someone else. Thank you.

father’s day weekend special!

2nd & 3rd September

Father's Day

Bring your Dad to Ngā Manu this Father’s Day weekend and enjoy discounted admission!

Dad gets free admission with a paying child or adult.
Purchase a family admission ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children 15 years or under) for half price!
Normally $38 – Father’s Day Price just $19!

Terms and Conditions: Only 1 free admission per group. Free entry is granted for 1 Dad when he visits with another paying adult or child. Adult admission is $18 and Child (age 5-15) is $8. If a Dad visits with a child under the age of 5 there will be an admission charge of $8 for the Dad and child).

If you want a unique Father’s Day gift, why not buy him a voucher for our Ranger for the Day Experience or book a night or 2 for your family in Ngā Manu’s Theo’s Cottage! Call 04 2934131 or email admin@ngamanu.co.nz to make a booking.

Contemporary Art In Nature – The Halo Project

8th July – 10th September

Artist Paul Forrest Installing an artwork.

Pack a picnic and enjoy quality family time at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve. Explore Kāpiti’s precious ancient forest remnant and discover ‘The Halo Project’ – a collaborative installation of outdoor photo/paintings by visual artist Paul Forrest, bird photographer Derek Tearne, and soundscape by Matu Booth.

Artworks will be for sale and limited edition postcards will be available in the Information Centre and proceeds of these will support the Ngā Manu Trust.

From Monday 7th to 18th August, Paul Forrest will be creating a painting in our Information Centre and you will be able to view his progress.

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August at 11am you will be able to come along and enjoy a talk from Paul in our Information Centre and then be taken on a guided tour of the exhibition through the forest – celebrating the treasure that is Ngā Manu through an artist’s eyes. The artworks will provide a vehicle for the conversation as you receive a greater awareness of the here and now in the forest.

Ngā Manu easter weekend celebration!

Easter 2017Free admission for children. Take part in our second annual Easter Bunny Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be hiding in the Reserve – can you find her?

Every child that finds the Easter Bunny throughout the long weekend will get the chance to enter our colouring competition to win an Easter prize pack that includes a chocolate Kiwi, a family admission pass and beautiful books by Andrew Crowe – ‘Nature’s Alphabet’ and a selection of his pocket-sized mini guides to take on other outdoor adventures.

The lucky child who finds the Easter Bunny first on Easter Sunday and brings the special egg to our Information Centre will also win a wonderful Easter prize pack.

On Easter Saturday and Sunday children can hunt for painted ‘Kapiti Rocks’ and exchange them for Easter eggs in our Information Centre.

T’s & C’s
Entry: Kids go free! General admission rates apply to anyone over 16. You can find these here.

The winner of the Easter Sunday Bunny Hunt will receive their prize pack on the day.

Colouring competition sheets can be picked up at the Easter Bunny site or  from our Information Centre desk throughout the long weekend.

Colouring sheets can be completed at Ngā Manu or returned to our Information Centre, posted to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, PO BOX 126, Waikanae, 5250 or emailed to admin@ngamanu.co.nz or shared on our Facebook page.

The prize winner will be selected on Friday 23rd April. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Free Easter eggs available while stocks last – limit of one per child.

Father’s Day Weekend Special – 3rd & 4th September

Father's Day

Discounted admission!

Purchase a family admission ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) for half price! Normally $38

Father’s Day Price just $19


Bring your Dad and he gets in for free. (Conditions: Only 1 free admission per group).

If you want a unique gift for Father’s Day, why not buy him a voucher for our Ranger for the Day Experience (pictured above).

Call 04 2934131 or email admin@ngamanu.co.nz to make a booking.

Planting Day – Sat 6TH August

Planting Pic

BOOKINGS REQUIRED – Numbers will be limited.

Call 04 2934131 or email admin@ngamanu.co.nz to make a booking.

Meet at Nga Manu’s Education Centre at 10:00 am. The planting session will run until 12:00 noon.

Please bring your own shovel and wear practical clothes and shoes.

Hot drinks and morning tea will be provided.

Queen’s Birthday – Mon 6th June

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Discounted Admission to the Reserve:

Adult (15 years+) – $10.00
Child (3 – 14 years) – Gold coin

Butterflies, Bugs and Bush Workshop – Sat 30th April

Numbers will be limited to 60 children on the day – Call 04 2934131 to book

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Get together at Nga Manu Nature Reserve for a fun family day out full of discovery. Taking part in the workshop you will enjoy a forest trek, weta motels, bush beating, insect gathering, investigating with microscopes, spot the stick insects, butterfly life cycles and more. Afterwards you can explore the reserve at your leisure – bring a picnic and enjoy some quality family time. See the iconic New Zealand kiwi in the nocturnal house and meet native birds in the walk through aviaries. Feed the endangered long fin eels at 2 pm, spot frogs and native lizards and get up close to tuatara. Explore Kapiti’s largest remaining remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest and idyllic bird sanctuary. Over 50 different bird species come and go around the wetlands, bush and surroundings.

Entry charges apply: Child – $8, Adult – $18, Family – $38
Cost of Workshop: A gold coin donation per attendee
FREE eel feed for attendees!
Friends of Nga Manu Trust: A gold coin donation per attendee

Children under 14 years of age must have adult supervision.