Upcoming Events

Past Events

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

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.