School Holiday Happenings

Kev the kaka loved Easter so much he has a whole range of "eggtivities" happening at Pukaha over the whole month of April. It is Whio-Blueduck awareness month and also time to sign up for Pukaha's famous Junior Ranger school holiday programme and the new Te Kakaknau-The seed, a school holiday programme for the older kids. There is an Easter themed egg hunt to an amazing Bug Hunt with the world famous-Bugman-Ruud Kleinpaste, there are so many cool activities to keep the kids busy! Read below for information about them all!

On our egg hunt, see how many brightly coloured eggs you can spot around the  Pukaha forest enter your egg count in the draw and you could win an annual Pukaha Family Membership!

Join in the fun at the EGGS, EGGS, EGGS discovery centre off the Kākā Cafe' with kids colouring pages, guess who's egg games and more. 


Nationally it is also time to celebrate the Whio-Blueduck. April is whio awareness month. New Zealand's $10 note features the whio which shows just how special it is to us. All month you can play the "Flukey Whio" game. For a gold coin donation, you can choose a floating whio out of the "duck pond" and the colour on the bottom of it earns you a prize! If you are lucky you could be the one to win the " Flukey Whio"- if you pull this whio out of the pond you will win a Family Pass to come and visit again!

While the kids are having fun, take some time to wander through our Paintings at Pukaha fundraiser. 36 local and national artists display there paintings of New Zealand flora and fauna. All the paintings are for sale with a generous donation from each sale going directly to Pukaha's forest restoration fund

Easter school holiday programmes-Junior Rangers and Te Kakanau-The Seed

The Easter school holidays  means it's time to get your little Rangers signed up for Ranger duty! Pukaha can help keep the kids busy with our hands on, interactive school holiday programme.

 Junior Rangers can report for duty these school holidays, every Monday- Friday (except ANZAC Day) from 11-3.  Get in behind the scenes with our Rangers and learn about caring for our birds and our forest. We will look at our insects, plants and eco-systems. On your first Junior Ranger duty you will collect your Junior Ranger conservation action booklet. Completed conservation actions can earn rewards. You might even become a Pukaha Conservation leader.

Our ranger guides are great at coming up with fun activities to suit the conditions but a Junior Rangers motto is " Be prepared" as we go snow, rain or shine! Come and help make a difference with us.

$30 per child per day (age 5 - 9 years old) includes a packed lunch from Wild Cafe (filled roll or sausage in a bun,fruit, homemade biscuit) plus water.  We prefer the Junior Rangers join our programme without their adult however when you bring your Junior Rangers to Pukaha you can enjoy a FREE coffee in our Wild Café  and go and enjoy a walk around the park for half-price while waiting for the Junior Rangers to come off duty.

Pukaha is now offering a sepearte programme for 10-14 year olds- Te kakanau-the seed, will be offered on Wednesday 11-3pm of the first week and Tuesday 11-3pm of the second week. This programme takes it up a notch for your older, keen kid conservationist and starts to explore tracking, trapping and restoration at a more advanced level. All the usual behind the scenes ranger fun will still be part of this awesome day. $20 per day. They are required to bring their own lunch and the right outdoor gear as this programme runs rain or shine.

Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Book now at or give us a call on 06 375 8004

Ruud Kleinpaste - a.k.a - “The Bugman” will be “BUGGIN”, Pukaha Mount Bruce over the school holidays in April.     


On Saturday, April 21st Pukaha Mount Bruce gets “Bugged” by the world famous, Ruud Kleinpaste- a.k.a- The Bugman.

Ruud is best known for his television and radio shows which have included Newstalk ZB’s Ruud’s Awakening that was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years.
Ruud’s television highlights include Maggie’s Gardening Show, the children’s programme What Now?, various series for Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel series -Buggin’ with Ruud.

On Saturday morning April 21st at 10:00 am your little conservation hero’s can join Ruud on a Bug hunt around the Pukaha forest. For $10 dollars children aged 15 years and under can participate in a guided bug hunt where they will learn all about bugs. The Pukaha rangers will take groups of up to 25 children through the Pukaha forest to hunt for all sorts of bugs. Ruud will be on hand to help identify the bugs and make sure all the citizen scientist gets plenty of bug knowledge. All participants will also receive a “Buggin with Ruud” official bug hunter pack. Each pack will contain a signed certificate by Ruud that makes each child an official bug hunter. The packs also contain some great bug facts and bug resources to continue the bug learning at home. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The $10 booking fee includes entry to Pukaha Mount Bruce, so you can stay and enjoy all the other activities Pukaha has to offer. Parents are welcome to accompany their bug hunters. Normal entry prices for adults apply.

To book in your Bughunters click here: or you can ring the visitor centre 06 375 8004.