OPEN 7 DAYS
9 AM – 6.00 PM
OPEN 7 DAYS
9.00AM – 6.00PM
Refuel in the Kākā Café with some fresh kai overlooking the takahē.
Pūkaha (at Mount Bruce) has been breeding wildlife since the early 1960s and is a partnership between Rangitāne o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation. We are a non-profit and all proceeds go back into our conservation projects. So rongo te mauri – feel life’s essence!
Open 364 days a year
(closed Christmas Day)
October - April
9am - 6pm
May - September
9am - 4.30pm
7 days a week from 9am
Oct - Apr: closes 5pm
May - Sep: closes 4.30pm
Camper Vans / EVs
Overnight camper van stay
Includes guided night walk and daytime entry package.
Minimum of 10 per group, by request.
Note: Camper vans are not provided, but there are a range of camper van hire companies in New Zealand.
$95 per person
Electric Vehicles (EVs)
We are planning to have a charging point available in 2020.
Guided Tours Daily
Get the most out of your visit by booking a tour with one of our expert rangers! Book a 1 Hour Guided Tour for a deeper insight into the forest or for something extra special try a Ranger for a Day experience for an exclusive look at our wildlife and captive breeding programmes. Take a guided Night Walk to our glow worm cave surrounded by the magical sound of wild kiwi.
How to get here
We’re on State Highway 2 (SH2) in the middle of the lower part of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We’re 30kms north of Masterton, Wairarapa and 10km south of Eketahuna, Tararua.
It’s about 2 hours to drive north-east from Wellington, a little longer heading south-west from Napier, or an hour south from Palmerston North.
The National Wildlife Centre, New Zealand
Dedicated to the protection and restoration of our bush and native wildlife.
📷: Tara Swan