The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary (Punanga Manu o Te Anau) is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau. It is open from dawn to dusk and can cater for guided tours if booked in advance through the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Entry is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated. The park is a great family friendly place to visit, allowing you to take a peek at some of New Zealand’s special birds that are difficult to see in the wild.
The rare flightless Takahē are the stars of the Bird Sanctuary and meeting these prehistoric-looking characters are a must-do for Fiordland visitors. Here you can also enjoy close up views of Kākā, beautiful native forest parrots, Kererū, New Zealand's stunning wood pigeons, and Tūī, with their distinctive white throat tufts (poi).There are always plenty of ducks and geese to see in the waterfowl enclosure, including introduced Mallard Ducks and Canadian Geese.
The birds held in aviaries here have either been injured and cannot survive in the wild, or they have been involved in captive rearing programmes. The injured birds are rehabilitated and if possible, released back into the wild when they are strong enough.
An added bonus for visitors is the variety of free-flying birds seen around the centre. Wild Kererū, Tūī, Silvereyes, Grey Warblers, Tomtits, Bellbirds, Fantails and other birds are attracted by the food available from the native trees and shrubs that have been planted around the park.
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