Upcoming Events

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.

Take part in a fun outdoor activity that will test your powers of observation and you will gain entry to our prize draw to win a Friends of Ngā Manu Family Membership. The lucky winner will be able to enjoy unlimited visits for their family for a whole year and bring their guests for half price – full details of our Friends of Ngā Manu Membership options are available here.

Past Events

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

Queen's Birthday Eventfinda Banner

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

Butterflies Bugs n Bush Poster

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.