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Rongo Te Mauri


12 August, 2020
Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre  is open at Alert Level 2. We look forward to welcoming you. There is plenty of space for social distancing in the forest, we have excellent hygiene practices and contact tracing is available. Haere mai ki Pūkaha. 

ūkaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Our 942-hectare forest is home to wild kōkako and kākā, while inside our aviaries we breed endangered birds for release across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Forest pathway at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
On your visit you will learn about our conservation work and possibly see birds with their chicks in the aviaries. You may also come across wild birds in the forest such as the titipounamu (rifleman), kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kererū (wood pigeon). You may also see advocacy birds like Manukura the white kiwi and Kahurangi the kōkako.

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!

Opening Hours

Open 364 days a year
(closed Christmas Day)

Winter Hours
May - September
9am - 4.30pm

Summer Hours
October - April
9am - 6pm

Kākā Café
7 days a week from 9am
May - Sep: closes 4.00pm
Oct - Apr: closes 5pm

Comprehensive prices and hours info here.

Entry Prices

Are you a local?
Ask about our Hapori rates!

Pukaha members
Children under 5

Children 5-15 years

Gold Card Holders
(65 and over)

Adult Entry

Family Pass
2 adults and up to 4 children
(5-15 years)

Comprehensive prices and hours info here.

Campervans / EVs

There is plenty of parking space to accommodate campervans.
View our overnight campervan tours

Electric Vehicles (EVs)
We have two EV trickle charging stations available. There is no cost to use our EV chargers. 

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.

Guided tour at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Video about Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

How to get here

Entrance sign at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
View of the outside of the Visitor Centre at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

We’re on State Highway 2 (SH2) in the middle of the lower part of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Map showing location of Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

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.

Even though its a cracker of a stunning day we unfortunately still have no power! This does mean we are remaining closed to the public for the remainder of the day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. 
Our dedicated wildlife team are still busy making sure little kiwi toes stay warm and the birds are well fed. 
Here's hoping everything is back to normal soon!
MB110 is looking fabulous! At 21 days old, they are doing so well and will soon head outside into the kiwi creche to learn how to 'kiwi'. 
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Fly free little ones! Enjoy yourselves in this stunning sanctuary 💚❤
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On Saturday we released two beautiful red-crowned kākāriki - captive bred at @pukahanz. The release karakia performed by the Waipuka whanau and members of our local Mihiroa hapu calmed the sea, the wind and the trees, leading to a very relaxed soft-release. The two birds stayed together, were calm and curious. Fly free little ones, see you at the supplementary feeders!

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Hmm I wonder who could be hiding behind this leaf! 
Come spot our gorgeous green geckos at the Nocturnal House here at Pūkaha. How many can you spot? 
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How precious is this!🐥💕#kiwichick 

Yesterday at 12:20pm our Ngā Manu kiwi chick hatched at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre. 

This little chick is the first baby of Ātaahua and Puha. We have been informed that the chick is nice and bright and very cute, weighing in at 282g and doing really well, sitting up and bottom shuffling around. In 3 days, the chick will be moved into a brooder and at day 6 it will have its first feed (1g of ox heart). 

Thank you to the incredible team at Pukaha. Kia kaha little kiwi.

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They grow up so fast! 🥰
Little MB110 is already 6 days old and standing up by themselves. How adorable are they!
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