Pukaha News

Whio breeding success at Pukaha

Picture of whio duckling

This breeding season at Pukaha Mount Bruce has been fantastic for our Whio.  16 ducklings have hatched which is a wonderful result.

With an estimated 2,500 whio left in the wild, an additional 16 will make a welcome addition.

These ducklings are being raised for the first few weeks here at Pukaha and then will go to a special 'hardening unit' at Turangi.

Whio live on fast flowing rivers and unless the ducklings are taught to swim in fast water before they are released, they will have a difficult time acclimatising to life in the wild.

Free Discovery Packs for kids this summer

Until the end of January, Pukaha Mount Bruce will be providing all visiting chidren with a free Discovery Pack.

A special question sheet is included in the pack, with all the answers to be found throughout the park.  Once completed, children will receive a Pukaha Ranger badge and can go into the draw to win a Manukura soft toy.

With 6 talks and feeds every day, Manukura the worlds only white kiwi on display in the nocturnal house and a safe and easy bush walk with plenty of free parking, Pukaha Mount Bruce is a great place to bring the family for summer holiday fun.

Mapuna, third white kiwi, undergoes eye surgery

The third white kiwi hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce has undergone delicate eye surgery at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital.

Mapuna, the last of three rare white kiwi to be hatched at Pukaha since 2011, hatched with an incompletely formed tear duct. First diagnosed by Wildbase Hospital at Massey when very young, until now Mapuna has been monitored by Pukaha staff who have undertaken daily eye cleaning.