Nga Manu Nature Reserve

  • Reviews  84%

8 reviews with the most recent first

Erik Meier-Diukel's avatar

Erik Meier-Diukel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Big nature reserve, many birds.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for giving us the high score Erik.

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 74 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Clarissa Glaser's avatar

Clarissa Glaser

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Big nature reserve area, many birds in big cages.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for scoring us 10/10. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Frank Bien's avatar

Frank Bien

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Want to see a living Kiwi? Then this is a perfect spot for it! Nice and well grown area with some nice birds like ducks, Tui and of course a Kiwi. Perfect for families.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you Frank - we are glad you really enjoyed your visit to Nga Manu and got a good view of a kiwi. Happy travels :)

Hamish Johnson's avatar

Hamish Johnson

Ranking: 9/10

We took the kids up here for a day trip out of Wellington and it was a super place to spend the day with the family. Lots of ducks and animals (friendly ones) roaming free, some cool walking tracks for the kids that weren't too long....heaps of picnic areas. All in all if you are looking at a cool place to take the family for the day I'd recommend for sure.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for your review and recommendation. We are glad that your family enjoyed your visit from Wellington and hope to see you again in the future. You may enjoy following our Facebook page to keep up with news and events at the reserve: https://www.facebook.com/NgaManuNatureReserve/

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Steffen's avatar

Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Birds like Tui, Woodpigeon, Kea and Kaka can be observed here, many of those in cages. Nocturnal house for Kiwi. The park is nice, but too expensive and not as spectacular as the brochure says.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for your feedback and we shall take your comments on board as we move forwards with developments at the Reserve. We are currently in the process of developing a new, image rich, informative website where it will be really clear all that is on offer at Nga Manu and we hope that will prevent others in the future having similar feelings to your own.

We try to remain competitive with our pricing in line with the other Nature Connections partners (including Wellington Zoo, Zealandia, Pukaha Mount Bruce and Staglands Wildlife Reserve), while also supporting our running costs. As Nga Manu Trust is a charitable trust we rely on generous donations and admission fees to cover our operation costs. For a more intimate experience with nature, visitors can book one of our close encounter experiences (our Bird Feed Out Tour (70 minutes) is $25 and our Ranger for the Day Experience (9am-3pm) is very reasonable at $62 and is suitable for visitors aged 7+. We also offer huge discounts for school groups.

We really appreciate your feedback, we are reviewing our pricing structure as we get ready to launch the new website and we will look into offering special promotional days with a discounted entry fee to make Nga Manu more accessible to all. The details of these will be posted on our Facebook page which you can choose to follow here: https://www.facebook.com/NgaManuNatureReserve/

Richard Sutherland's avatar

Richard Sutherland

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Hard to see some of the birds, lots of empty displays, not very expensive only $15, bird enclosures somewhat small.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for your feedback. A lot has changed at Nga Manu since 2012 and we hope visitors will enjoy the improvements. Please have a read of our many positive reviews here:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g2156360-d2162163-Reviews-Nga_Manu_Nature_Reserve-Waikanae_Kapiti_Coast_Greater_Wellington_North_Island.html#REVIEWS
or take a look at our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/NgaManuNatureReserve/

We have kept our prices in line with the other Nature Connections partners (including Wellington Zoo, Zealandia, Pukaha Mount Bruce and Staglands Wildlife Reserve) and try to remain competitive while also supporting our running costs. Our admission price is now $18 for adults and $8 for children and we do a discounted ticket for families - $38 and discounts for larger groups and schools. We also offer reasonably priced tours and experiences. It is now rare for us to have empty displays although some aviary birds are going through a rehabilitation process and are released into the wild once fully rehabilitated. Our Tuatara retreat underground on cold or overcast days, but there is always one on display in the warmer nocturnal house.

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Johanna's avatar

Johanna

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Overpriced, not that exciting for children, relatively nice bushwalk with explanation on endemic vegetation.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for your feedback. A lot has changed at Nga Manu since 2011 and we hope visitors will enjoy the improvements. Please have a read of our many positive reviews here:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g2156360-d2162163-Reviews-Nga_Manu_Nature_Reserve-Waikanae_Kapiti_Coast_Greater_Wellington_North_Island.html#REVIEWS
or take a look at our Facebook page for pictures, posts and reviews:
https://www.facebook.com/NgaManuNatureReserve/

Young children love feeding the ducks and people of all ages enjoy feeding the eels at 2pm. Children can explore the bush walk and climb up to the lookout tower and then spot a monster hiding in the forest on their way back (2016 Summer 'Bring your Wild Things Out' promotion). There are seasonal displays in our visitors centre (we post about these on Facebook) and children have enjoyed many different nature experiences at Nga Manu. Our Ranger for the Day Experience is perfect for children 7 years+ and is a really immersive day.

We have kept our prices in line with the other Nature Connections partners (including Wellington Zoo, Zealandia, Pukaha Mount Bruce and Staglands Wildlife Reserve) and try to remain competitive while also supporting our running costs. Our admission price is now $18 for adults and $8 for children and we do a discounted ticket for families - $38 and discounts for larger groups and schools. We also offer reasonably priced tours and experiences.

David D S's avatar

David D S

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Really cheered us up on a rainy day. Great to see a place devoted to conservation. Very imaginative project - watching the eels being fed was pretty gruesome!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you - this is great to hear. 6 years on we are still very much devoted to conservation and preservation and the eels still provide a huge thrill for visitors at our 2pm daily eel feed. There have been many changes at Nga Manu since your last visit and we hope that you come back to visit us again in the future. You may enjoy following our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NgaManuNatureReserve/ and we shall soon have a new website up and running.