Punanga Manu o Te Anau

Te Anau

By the lake, this set of outdoor aviaries offers a chance to see native bird species difficult to spot in the wild, including the precious icon of Fiordland, the extremely rare takahe. Arrive for the feeding time of this royal-blue flightless bird at 10.30am.

Gold coin donations encouraged.

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