Guided Tours & Talks

We have exclusive guided walks and talks to ensure you get the most out of your visit.  Or purchase a tour as a gift for that someone special.

Take your pick from:

1 Hour Guided Tour - $45.00 per person (minimum of 2 people)

Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of fascinating Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center with an experienced staff member at a time between 9am and 3pm which suits you.

Listen as your knowledgeable guide shares captivating stories about forest restoration and predator control efforts, and get a glimpse into conservation in action.

Depending on your arrival time, you can help to feed the juvenile tuatara or the long-fin eels. Or opt to visit the adorable kokako bird, hand-reared and a sucker for human attention.  Check out Manukura and Turua in the kiwi house and listen to stories from your guide - these kiwi are characters and we have plenty of quirky facts about these two kiwi!

After your tour, you can stay as long as you like in the reserve until our 4.30pm closing time.  

Bookings essential - phone 06 375 8004

To make an online booking, click here

Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour - $125.00 per person (minimum of 2 people, maximum of 6)

Behind the Scenes

Get in behind the scenes at Pukaha Mount Bruce and become part of conservation in action.  You might help our team to find food for the tuatara, perhaps you will get into the stream and feed the eels or you could help to prepare the kaka food and strip fern for the kiwi house.  Take a tour through the 'staff only' area of the nocturnal kiwi house and meet some tuatara.  Wander with your guide through the aviaries and learn stories of each of the birds.  You may watch a kiwi health check or see a kaka being banded. We may even get you to plant some native trees with us.  Join us and become part of the team for a while!  Bookings essential - just give us a call on 06 375 8004.

To make an online booking now, simply click here

Night Adventure

Night Adventure

A fun and exciting night experience for the whole family (children aged 6+) from 7pm until 9pm (7.30pm - 9.30pm summer)

After being met by staff for an introduction and quick safety briefing, we'll visit our juvenile tuatara, Rama. We then head to the kiwi house and watch the movies about Pukaha while we wait for it to get dark.  Watch and listen to the birds at dusk as the daytime birds settle down for the night.

Then we go out and explore the forest where we will listen for kiwi and other nocturnal birds, feed the eels and experience night time in the bush.  Visit our glow worm sites and watch them twinkling in the nightime.

Finish with hot drinks and biscuits.

Available Saturday nights. Minimum of 10 adults required.  Weather dependant. 

Must be pre-booked at least one week in advance (not available during school holidays and from 22 December - 13 January)

Phone 06 375 8004 to book.

Normal entry fees apply:

$20 per adult

$6 per child

Ratio of 1 adult to every 2 children is required for night walks for safety reasons. If you have less than 10 in your party or don't fit the 1:2 adult to child ratio, $45 per person guided tour rate applies.

Happy Birthday To You!

For a birthday party with a real difference come and enjoy all the fun of a child’s birthday party along with a wildlife experience.  We will tailor the party to suit your needs contact our friendly staff so we can arrange it all for you.  Bookings essential. Phone 06 375 8004.