Nga Manu

January 20th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

In they have the Nga Manu nature reserve. I’d never been to it, and saw a good review, so decided to give it a visit.

$15 entry (Zealandia take note) and it’s a very pleasant 60 – 90 minute walk around. On a hot summer day, especially nice. If you’re into birds, or have kids, could be a good place to pop into. Kids are just $6 each and a family no more than $35.

Just after the entrance a large grassed area with a pond and lots of ducks.

A black swan being curious.

You can get a packet of duck food for $2 and the ducks are not shy. The literally surround you, and even walk over your feet if they think there is food nearby.

This is a kakariki, specifically a red-crowned parrot. I love how the green matches the grass.

A kaka.

A kereru or woodpigeon.

And the pukeko or swamp hen.

It’s biting a nail? Must be a kea!

Another little pond. It’s a beautiful setting.

And white swans this time.

There’s a loop bushwalk which takes around half an hour. I love paths where the trees are so abundant they keep the sun out.

And they have a few education notices out. 800 kgs a year of fruit from one tree is damn impressive.

Our silver fern of course.

The white-faced heron.

And feeding the ducks at the end!

As I said, a nice place to visit on a summer day.

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6 Responses to “Nga Manu”

  1. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Don’t forget Southward’s Car Museum at Otaihanga.
    I particularly like Al Capone’s bullet ridden sedan and one of the earliest Rolls-Royce.

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  2. Dick Gozinya (19 comments) says:

    I have always wanted to go to Nga Manu reserve, I will definately be going in the next few weeks after seeing your photos, it looks like a great time *thumbs up*.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Zealandia is $18.50 to visit, but they sometimes have gold coin entry days and reduced price for DomPost subscribers too.

    Having said that, Nga Manu is an excellent visit, with its mix of caged and free wildlife.

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  4. Doug (410 comments) says:

    Did you get to see the squawking Mallard?

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  5. Steve (4,563 comments) says:

    Look at all of those ducks in the photos.
    Trevor is a hero, begging for food and walk over feet to trough at free stuff.
    Now that would cop a lifetime ban at Red Blert, which is why the leftards can not go past a channeled post

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  6. troy mclure (9 comments) says:

    I’m 99% sure that isn’t Capone’s limo but one of his henchmen.The secret service wanted a bullet proof car for FDR uring world war 2 but the spending cap on presidential cars meant they couldn’t do it, Capone’s car was still impounded so FDR got that instead.

    If you go to Nga Manu try and time it with the eel feeding, those things are huge and pretty tame now.

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