Pukaha News

Early bird tickets to our biggest annual fundraiser, The Wairarapa Garden Tour, on sale today!

Earlybird tickets for Pukaha’s much loved annual Wairarapa garden tour will be on sale from 1 August [today]. Numbers are strictly limited so it’ll be first in, first served.

Earlybird tickets are excellent value at $45 each. This gets you a ticket to the tour which will feature more than a dozen gorgeous private gardens in southern and central Wairarapa on 10 & 11 November 2018.

Once earlybird tickets have sold, general admission tickets will be available at $55 each.


The Wairarapa has businesses leading the way in making New Zealand a world class sustainable visitor destination following recent recognition by Qualmark New Zealand.

Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says State Highway 2 has turned gold following recognition by Qualmark New Zealand, an independent organisation that assess businesses to ensure they offer the highest quality experiences to New Zealand visitors.

Manukura the rare white kiwi is back at Pukaha, watch this space as there could be further vet visits.

Manukura, the rare white kiwi returned to Pukaha Mount Bruce on Friday May the 4th. Manukura had been at Wildbase recovery hospital since February after being diagnosed with a beak infection that had then entered her blood stream. Although there is no sign of the infection in any recent test, Manukura is still in recovery mode. At the moment she can be seen in the nocturnal kiwi house aviary at Pukaha Mount Bruce. There may be times Manukura will have to be away for on-going vet visits or small breaks from the nocturnal house aviary while she recovers.