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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

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

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

On Monday 2nd August our staff will be involved in an all-day training workshop.
Pūkaha will be open but operating with reduced service.

Those wishing to visit us on 2nd August should please note the following:

– Entry throughout the entire day will be by koha (donation)

– There will be no talks or tours

– The cafe will be closed

– Volunteers will be in place to direct visitors and answer queries.

We  apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our normal operational service will resume again from 3rd August 2021.

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.

Forest pathway at 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.

Suns out - skinks out!
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This Easter weekend join us for some tasty Easter treats! From chocolate eggs to Takahe Awareness Month activities and talks there is so much to do! 
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See what you can find on your Easter walk this weekend at Pūkaha!
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16 yellow crowned kākāriki ready and waiting for release on Monday at their new home on Puangiangi Island in the Marlborough Sounds. 

6 females and 10 males, our parents in Avairy 8 have done an amazing job raising them. 

(This is the quarantine avairy where birds are held just before release, you can see our other kākāriki on the avairy loop during your visit.)
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You may have noticed a few more moths than normal out and about the last few days. The warm, damp weather brought them into Pūkaha in the thousands and our local wildlife have been making the most of this tasty treat. Here is Asneath and Tuatahi hunting in the grass for the moths hiding away from the day. 

You can spot our pair from the Kākā Café deck, just watch out for those cheeky kākā and your coffee!
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That hop! 😍

We have some adorable young kiwi in the Nocturnal  House, busy exploring and hunting for grubs in the rotten logs rangers provide for enrichment. 
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Smile for the camera!

Our lovely tuna ladies are looking forward to their daily 1.30pm feed. Join rangers to hear about their incredible lives, from hatching to breeding, these eels have quite a story to tell! 
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Snack time! The tieke love the insect scatter rangers provide daily, for food and enrichment! Here is the male finding the biggest grubs to take back to his mate (off screen eating her own bugs!)
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What is all that noise?!

The forest is alive with the song of the chorus cicada! The most common species of cicada here in Aotearoa, you can find them up in the tree tops. 

As you walk around the forest, try and find their left-over nymph skins (can be seen on tree trunks and branches). The males produce their cicada song in unison, which can reach deafening proportions at the height of their population around February, now is the best time to hear their song!
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