Children (0 - 17 years) will enjoy free entry to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve on Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki (Children's Day).
Bring a picnic and come and enjoy a family day out. Meet our birds in the walk-through aviaries and nocturnal house and see the eels being fed at 2pm. There will be Story Telling Sessions in our forest circle setting throughout the day (11am, 1pm and 3pm) along with Kākāriki Nature Play activities (whittling and flax rope making) in between storytelling sessions until 4pm.
We will be celebrating the start of Whio (Blue Duck) Awareness Month on Children‘s Day as Ngā Manu is part of our national Whio 'breed for release' programme. Learn about our incredible endemic duck: the Whio, in our Visitor Centre and at our Whio talk at 12:30pm.
Enter our Whio colouring competition for your chance to win some fantastic prizes kindly donated by Whio Forever. The colouring competition will continue throughout Whio Awareness Month - winners will be selected on 6th April. Entries will be judged in 4 age categories: 2-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-9 years and Age 10 years +.