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Wildlife Sanctuaries

Take a scenic 20 minute drive from Byron’s Resort to Owlcatraz – an excellent native bird and wildlife park in the charming inland town of Shannon.

Meet the native New Zealand Owls, including Owlcatraz favourites ‘Owl Capone’, ‘Owl Macpherson’ and ‘Owlvis Presley’ in uniquely beautiful surrounds.

Stroll through native bush, visit the old ‘Shannon Jail’, and treat the kids to a ride on the miniature train.

There’s huge, friendly cows to meet, plus Moppy the Donkey, Oha Kune Pig, Mai and Eye Deer all of whom you can pet!

Plus you’ll see the endangered North Island Weka and plenty of other birds and animals to meet.

This award-winning attraction is fun for all the family.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and meet some of our most precious native creatures at Nga Manu Nature Reserve. There’s the prehistoric Tuatara (a living dinosaur), the Morepork (New Zealand Owl) and a nocturnal Kiwi House.

You can feed eels, walk through an excellent aviary of native birds or take a bush walk or a stroll through the lush fernery. The look-out tower gives awesome views across Nga Manu, and there are lovely picnic areas and ponds and streams here.

Byron’s Resort Motels & Campground
20 Tasman Road
Otaki Beach
New Zealand
+64 6 364 8121
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