Please be aware of the following when visiting the estuary.
Dogs are not allowed on the bird sanctuary. Dogs can scare the birds that use the estuary for feeding and roosting. Please keep your dog(s) on a lead when exploring the estuary area outside the bird sanctuary.
Vehicles are not allowed on the bird sanctuary. However, vehicle access is permitted on the beach, as well as on the estuary shore near the river mouth. Most motorists are very considerate but it is important to be aware of moving vehicles.
The Manawatu Estuary is a tidal area. When exploring the environment, remember to be aware of the incoming tide.
The Manawatu Estuary can experience strong winds and inclement weather at times.