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Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

Kāpiti Kiwi Night Encounter

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  • Thu 13 May, 5:15pm – 6:45pm
  • Fri 14 May, 5:10pm – 6:40pm
  • Sat 15 May, 5:10pm – 6:40pm
  • Sun 16 May, 5:10pm – 6:40pm
  • Thu 20 May, 5:10pm – 6:40pm
  • Fri 21 May, 5:05pm – 6:35pm
  • Sat 22 May, 5:05pm – 6:35pm
  • Sun 23 May, 5:05pm – 6:35pm
  • Thu 27 May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Fri 28 May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Sat 29 May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Sun 30 May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
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Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae



Ticket Information:

  • Adult Kiwi Night Encounter: $35.00
  • Child (7+ Only) Kiwi Night Encounter: $25.00

This is your chance to share in the night world of kiwi. The earlier dusk throughout Autumn and Winter makes this the perfect time of year to bring your children along on this special experience (from age 7+). Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds!

Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation at our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where you will take your seat in our covered observation area. For the following 30 to 40 minutes we promise you will be captivated by the bird's behaviour.

These experiences will continue throughout the Winter on Thursdays to Sundays at dusk with the start time to be confirmed. There is a limit of 10 visitors per encounter. If we move into Covid alert Level 2 we limit numbers to 5 visitors. If we move into alert Level 3 they are cancelled. Call 04 2934131 to book your seat. Pay on arrival or repurchase a voucher. Vouchers for this experience make wonderful gifts and may be purchased from our website shop.

There is a $5 discount off tickets for Friends of Ngā Manu Members - please have your membership card to hand when booking.

Start time will seasonally adjust with sunset and will be confirmed at the time of your booking. Times here are a guide only.

- For the wellbeing of our birds and the enjoyment of other guests - everyone will be asked to observe silence whilst in the kiwi enclosure.
- This experience is not recommended for children under 7 years.
- No photography or video is permitted as this may startle the kiwi and spoils the experience for others.

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