Tours & Talks

Have an unforgettable hands-on experience with our native birds and wildlife!


Bird feed out tour

Join our knowledgeable staff on their morning feeding round of our captive species. As you make your way through a selection of aviaries and our Nocturnal House you will learn about our conservation effort as well as  personalities of the animals we care for –  kiwi, kākāriki, kāka, kea, tūī, scaup, kererū, weka, and whio, along with tuatara and our native lizards. There are many opportunities for close encounters and photos.

Monday to Friday  – bookings must be made on the day before.

Saturday and Sunday – no bookings necessary. Please note that this tour may not be available on some days due to staffing. Please enquire ahead of your visit to see if it is running – sorry for any inconvenience.

Time: 11 am – 12 noon

Cost (includes Standard Admission):
Adult   $25.00 (18 years+)
Child   $10.00 (7-17 years). Tour not suitable for under 7 year olds unless by prior arrangement.

Eel Feeding

eel feeding talk

Ngā Manu is home to both short-fin eels and endangered long-fin eels (tuna). They have grown used to being fed daily and gather en-masse to create quite a spectacle. Be amazed at this informative talk.

Time: 2:00 pm daily – Meet at the eel feeding pond. Groups of 20+ people who wish to see the eels fed will need to book a private eel feeding talk – Please see our Group Packages.  

Duration: 15 minutes.

Cost: Free of charge (unless you wish to purchase an eel feeding pole for $1.00).

Forest Walk

Guided tour of our native forest

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve is a very special place with Kāpiti’s largest remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest. On this tour you will explore our native bush walk with a knowledgeable guide and discover what makes the Ngā Manu Reserve habitat unique and learn about our native flora and fauna. The tour will be tailored to suit the group on the day and as a result can vary in length.

Time: 2:15 pm on all public holidays, weekends during spring/summer , and Sundays only in autumn and winter – Meet at the eel feeding pond after the 2:00 pm eel talk.

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes. Visitors are free to then walk around the remainder of the reserve at their leisure.

Cost: Free of charge (Included in your admission fee).