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Only 50 minutes drive from downtown Wellington, Nga Manu Reserve contains the largest remaining remnant of original lowland coastal wetland forest on the Kapiti Coast. Along with tuatara, kiwi and silver ferns, Nga Manu has a range of over 700 different plant species along with a diverse range of native birds including morepork, kea, kaka, water fowl, fantails, kakariki and kereru.

The reserve is an important educational opportunity to experience some of the wonders of New Zealand's natural environment. The reserve features a specially protected example of natural bush and wetland with ancient kahikatea, swamp maire and pukatea. The nettle garden and surrounding swan plants provide an abundance of butterflies over the summer months and Nga Manu has active breeding programmes for native mistletoe and native bird species.

Find out what native wildlife you might encounter on your visit to Nga Manu.

Education groups are well catered for with introduction talks, lectures and guides by prior arrangement. The Conservation and Education Centre located in the reserve can be booked as a class room away from school or for lectures and presentations and has wifi and overhead projector facilities, as well as basic kitchen facilities. Specialist staff are available to talk about New Zealand flora and fauna, pests, predators, captive breeding programmes and New Zealand ecology. Nga Manu is home to the endangered long fin eel and an eel feeding and talk can be arranged at a time to suit your group.

Study resource sheets, posters and PowerPoint presentations on a range of subjects relating to outdoor education can be downloaded ahead of your visit. 

Accommodation for school camps is available at El Rancho, Palm Grove and Forrest Lakes.

  • Nga Manu Nature Reserve
    281 Ngarara Road
    Waikanae

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  • +64 4 293 4131
  • +64 4 293 4131
  • www.ngamanu.co.nz
  • Monday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
    Closed Christmas Day
  • Adult: $18, Student: $8 (under 15 years), Group: $38 (two adults and children of that family), School groups $5 per child - no charge for teacher or parent help with 1:5 ratios. Please note - Normal entry charge applies to those over the ratio. Other group packages available – please enquire. Eel feeding is $1 per person and duck food is $2 a bag.
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