Manaia Native Habitat

Experience native bush and birds in the heart of Banks Peninsula. Rest and relax on your way to Akaroa and enjoy this rare ecological haven. Formerly known as Birdlands Sanctuary the area is home to Tui, Koromiko/Bellbirds, Piwakawaka/fantails, Kereru/wood pigeons, Ruru/morepork and protected tuna/eels in the Okuti River.

Manaia is home to stands of centuries old native tress, such as Kahikatea, Matai and Totara. Second growth hardwood species include Kanuka, Manuka, Manatu Kowhai, Kotukutuku, Tarata, Kawakawa, Mahoe and Puahou.

With only 2% of the native bush that once covered this area remaining Manaia is a unique haven for the biodiversity of Banks Penisula.

Walks through the eighteen acres range from a ten minute ramble to an hour long circumnavigation, which includes boardwalks and stunning views of the surrounding valley. Pinic by the riverside or stay overnight in the camping ground or cabins and waken to the dawn chorus of native birds.

We hope hope you will take your time to enjoy this special piece of real New Zealand in Okuti Valley.

$5 per person, under 5’s free.
Open from 10am until dusk.

Manaia Native Habitat
287 Okuti Valley Road, Little River
Phone: 03 325 1014 
Cell: 021 6 11 820

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COVID INFORMATION

As an outdoor venue under the traffic light system we do not require vaccine passport information. No passports required but all guests must scan in, observing safe social distancing in communal areas and sanitising is required. It’s a tricky situation, new to all of us so tolerance and respect for others is going to be needed by everyone.

Cancellation Policy

We are a small private business and cancellations affect us greatly. Please don’t confirm a booking if you are not committed to staying.

 

Credit card: A valid credit card in the name of the guest must be presented on check-in. Any damage caused during the stay may be charged against that card (so watch what your kids do).

 

We reserve a site or cabin for you so this can prevent other travellers from staying. Your travel insurance may cover you for unexpected changes.

 

Total lose of deposit or fee if cancelling within 48 hours from booking date.

 

+48 hours notice lose of one nights fee. Over busy periods lose of full fee.

 

Cabins – lose of full fee if cancelled within one week.

 

Managers discretion to waive or lower fee depending on situation, so ask. Changing your mind because of weather is not one of them sorry. You can postpone a booking in some circumstances but have to rebook with the season. Dependent on availability. Loss of fee may apply.

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