Tours & Talks

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


Bird feed out tour

This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see New Zealand’s native birds fed as a knowledgeable staff member shares fascinating facts and stories about the wildlife. You will be personally guided through the aviaries and nocturnal house, getting a close up view of kiwi, kākāriki, kāka, kea, tūī, scaup, kererū, weka, and whio, along with tuatara. Many birds provide fantastic photo opportunities and close encounters.

We apologise that this tour may not be available every day of the week due to staffing. Please enquire ahead of your visit – sorry for any inconvenience. 

Time: 11:00 am Daily – Book at our Information Centre prior to 11 am.

Duration: Approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are then free to walk around the remainder of the reserve at their leisure.

Please Note: Numbers are limited  to 15 people and bookings are preferred. Thank you. 

Cost (includes Standard Admission):
Adult   $25.00 (15 years+)
Child   $10.00 (5 – 14 years)

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).