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Join the battle to save the wildlife of Aotearoa!

Did you know it costs $8 to feed a kiwi chick for a week?
Every donation helps.

Meet rare New Zealand wildlife

Join the battle to save the wildlife of Aotearoa!

Did you know it costs $8 to feed a kiwi chick for a week?
Every donation helps.

Learn about conservation in action

Join the battle to save the wildlife of Aotearoa!

Did you know it costs $8 to feed a kiwi chick for a week?
Every donation helps.

Join the daily talks

Become a forest guardian

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Opening Hours

Summer Hours
9:00am – 6:00pm
During daylight savings
Last Sunday in September – first Sunday in April

Winter Hours
9:00am – 5:00pm
First Sunday in April – last Sunday in September

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is a not-for-profit charity managing an unfenced breeding sanctuary for native wildlife.

Our 942-hectare forest is home to wild birds.
Inside our aviaries we hatch kiwi, kākā and kākāriki for release across Aotearoa New Zealand.

To make a difference, we need your help.

We are located on the border of the beautiful Tararua and Wairarapa regions, on the north island of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Campervans / EVs

Campervans 
There is space to park campervans and motorhomes during the day.

At present there is no facility for overnight stays.


Electric Vehicles (EVs)
We have two Type-2 EV trickle charging stations available. There is no cost to use our EV chargers however customers will be required to provide their own type-2 charging cable.

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.

Zack one of our rangers recently spotted this tauhou (Silvereye) eating some Narrow-leaved māhoe in our ngahere.

First spotted in the 1800’s these little manu were self introduced.

They are common to find in the suburbs of towns and city’s around the country too! 

Have you spotted one of these little guys before? 

#tauhou
Yesterday our rangers team released a Tīeke juvenile into our free flight aviary.

Next time you visit keep and eye out and you may just spot him 👁.
The little pīwakawaka has been very busy lately, snapping up treats out the front of the Visitor Centre to show off to his potential new lady. 

There are signs all around that breeding season is starting up, even though we are still in winter! With these warmer days, nests are starting to be built, and courtships are underway.

It will be interesting to see which of our Aviary pairs will nest first!
Gecko flytrap 🦎

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