Pukaha News

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.

New Walk Through Aviary planned

We are now a big step closer to constructing a state of the art walk through aviary after receiving a grant of $250,000 from Trust House Foundation.

This grant will kick start fundraising for the $1.1 million dollar project which is designed to provide visitors to Pukaha  with an exciting experience – allowing them to get closer to native bird life and flora and fauna.

Rare Kokako counted in Pukaha forest

A very conservative count of 29 North Island kokako have been identified in a ‘walk through’ survey carried out by the Department of Conservation and volunteers in the Pukaha Mount Bruce forest.

“This is a fantastic result for Pukaha Mount Bruce as it shows our predator controls practices are working.  With a total of 16 of the 29 confirmed sighted birds being unbanded we think that the population is most probably more like 40 to 50 birds in the forest” says Bob Francis, Chair Pukaha Mount Bruce Board.

Major Spot Prize for Breadcraft Wild Challenge announced

The major spot prize for the Breadcraft Wild Challenge being held at Pukaha Mount Bruce on Sunday 28 September has been announced - as an opportunity to participate in a North Island Brown Kiwi release at Pukaha - and to name the kiwi being released.

All entrants, both individual and teams, will go into the draw to win the spot prize. But they must be present at the prize giving which will be held in the Pukaha Mount Bruce Visitor centre after the completion of the challenge.

New Duathlon announced for Pukaha Mount Bruce

With support from an iconic Wairarapa owned business, we are opening up some of our backcountry to the public with a new duathlon event- The Breadcraft Wild Challenge at Pukaha

Our top tips for easy DIY Conservation at home

We are often asked by our visitors "What can WE do to help out at home?".

Here are the current top tips that Pukaha staff tell our visitors when they are asked these questions!

Helen - "Keep your cats in at night. Cat's don't just kill birds, they also will kill native geckos"

Josh - "Plant native flowering and berry producing plants in your backyard - your local plant store should be able to give you great advice on the best varieties for your backyard"

Pukaha awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Pukaha Mount Bruce has been awarded a Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com).   Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

May is "Manukura Month"

This May is Manukura Month at Pukaha Mount Bruce in honour of our world famous little white kiwi who turns 3 on 1 May.  During Manukura Month we're celebrating all things kiwi, and in particular our North Island Brown kiwi here at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Manukura, meaning 'of chiefly status' hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce to worldwide astonishment.  She's the only white kiwi who can be viewed by the public in the world - and she's on show with us every day of the year.

Interested in volunteering with the team at Pukaha?

If you are fairly fit and bush savvy, then we would be keen to talk to you about volunteering with our restoration team one day a fortnight.

With 942 hectares of unfenced bush,  we need people to help us set and clear predator traps in the reserve.  So if you are not too squeamish and have a day a fortnight to spare, we'd love to hear from you.

Full training and most equipment is provided.

Contact General Manager, Helen Tickner on 06 375 8756 or email helen@pukaha.org.nz for more details.