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Erik Meier-Diukel's avatar

Erik Meier-Diukel


Ranking: 9/10

Big nature reserve, many birds.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

Thank you for giving us the high score Erik.

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Clarissa Glaser


Ranking: 10/10

Big nature reserve area, many birds in big cages.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve responds:

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

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Frank Bien


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.

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 :)

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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.

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/

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Steffen's avatar



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.

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/

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Richard Sutherland


Ranking: 6/10

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

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:
or take a look at our Facebook page:

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.