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Visit Punanga Manu o Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary and join Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers daily feeding the stars of the sanctuary, the gorgeous big blue flightless takahë. These critically endangered birds have an amazing survival story. Hear the DOC rangers tell the story, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities as you observe the takahë in the enclosure.
The käkä, lively and playful native forest parrots, are great fun to watch. Our käkä play an important role in conservation. Their young chicks, raised over the summer, are released into predator-free sanctuaries to help establish populations in the wild.
An added bonus for visitors is the variety of free-flying birds regularly seen at the sanctuary. You can enjoy close up views of kererü (New Zealand pigeon), tüï, grey warbler / riroriro, bellbird / korimako and other birds feeding in the bush at the lake's edge.
Located on the shores of Lake Te Anau, Punanga Manu o Te Anau / Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is an easy 10-minute walk from Te Rua-o-te-Moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, where guided tours can be booked in advance. The sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk. Entry is free. A gold coin donation helps feed the birds and maintain the enclosures.
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