Top things to do

Nature Reserve in Waikanae

Ngā Manu

Waikanae's main visitor lure, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve is a 15-hectare bird sanctuary dotted with picnic areas, bushwalks, aviaries and a nocturnal house with kiwi, owls and tuatara. The reserve's endangered long-fin…
Forest in Waikanae

Hemi Matenga Memorial Park Scenic Reserve

This 330-hectare reserve overlooking Waikanae contains a large remnant of native kohekohe forest. The reserve rises steeply from 150m to its highest point, Te Au (514m), a hike of three to four hours. The Kohekohe W…
Cafe in Waikanae

Long Beach

Grab a seat in the large conservatory or the herb garden attached to this attractive, family-friendly cafe-bar. It's a sunny spot for an afternoon wine or craft beer, accompanied by live music on Sundays. The extens…