Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Fiordland’s most popular and family-friendly bird sanctuary!

Visit Punanga Manu o Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary to see some of New Zealand's most unique and rare wildlife with spectacular views of the surrounding Kepler and Murchison mountains.

Join Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers for the daily feeding tours to meet the stars of the sanctuary - the takahë.  Once thought to be extinct, these endangered birds have an incredible survival story. Hear the DOC rangers tell the story of their re-discovery and enjoy the unique opportunity of seeing these birds in their Fiordland home.

The käkä is a beautiful native forest parrot, generally heard before they're seen. They have olive-brown feathers with brilliant flashes of orange and scarlet under their wings and are famous for their lively and playful natture. in the summer months (Dec-Feb), you may be lucky enough to meet their chicks which are later released into the wild to further boost kākā populations.  

An added bonus for visitors is the variety of free-flying birds that regularly visit the sanctuary. Enjoy close up encounters with kererü/New Zealand wood pigeon, tüï, ruru/morepork and paradise shelducks.

set on the shores of Lake Te Anau, Punanga Manu o Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is an easy 15-minute walk from Te Rua-o-te-Moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. There are public toilets, picnic tables and a drinking fountain.

Daily feeding tour times:

  • 9.30am (1 October - 31 March)
  • 10.30am (1 April - 30 September)

Please bring a donation to help with the running of the sanctuary.

To learn more, visit the Department of Conservation website: https://www.doc.govt.nz/teanaubirdsanctuary



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