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23 March 2020

Pūkaha is currently closed. Our wildlife will continue to be cared for by our dedicated rangers during this time. Please continue to check in with us digitally – via our social media channels too. We are looking forward to creating new ways to bring the natural world to you at home, as we experience a new way of life for a temporary period.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the forest when our doors reopen. 

Pūkaha 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

Pūkaha is currently closed until further notice, as required by our Government, in response to Covid-19.

Open 364 days a year
(closed Christmas Day)

Summer Hours
October - April
9am - 6pm

Winter Hours
May - September
9am - 4.30pm

Kākā Café
7 days a week from 9am
Oct - Apr: closes 5pm
May - Sep: closes 4.30pm

Comprehensive prices and hours info here.

Entry Prices

Are you a local?
Ask about our Hapori rates!

Free
Pukaha members
Children under 5

$6.00
Children 5-15 years

$17.00
Students
Gold Card Holders
(65 and over)

$20.00
Adult Entry

$50.00
Family Pass
2 adults and up to 4 children
(5-15 years)

Comprehensive prices and hours info here.

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.

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.

Our latest release into the reserve! 4 juvenile Kākā now call the forest home. Green band joins the 3pm Kākā feed each day, while the other youngsters can be seen visiting their parents in Aviary 3. . . . #conservation #release #kaka #parrot #pukaha #freedom #nzbirds #rangers #wairarapa #tararua #forest #parrotsofinstagram #bird #nature
Who is your favourite native bird? From kokako to Who is your favourite native bird? From kokako to kiwi, New Zealand is home to some stunning, unique birds. Big and small, green or brown, each of our rangers has their own favourites, not that they will admit that! . . . #yellowcrownedkakariki #kakariki #parakeet #yellow #green #parrot #parakeetsofinstagram #pukaha #nz #nzbirds #newzealand #bird #birdphotography #cute #nature #natural #conservation #conservationphotography
Today we announced we will be closed to the public Today we announced we will be closed to the public as of tomorrow. Look after one another during this time and take care of yourselves. Our dedicated team of Rangers will still be caring for our wildlife and forest. Including this kakariki who was having a health check in preparation for release! . Stay safe everyone! . #pukaha #kakariki #release #healthcheck #announcement #pukahamountbruce #redcrownedparakeet #parakeet #green #parrot #nz #nzbird #conservation
The handsome Taku Tuatara! Taku is predicted to be The handsome Taku Tuatara! Taku is predicted to be between 60-80 years young. Living with his lifelong partner Rewa, you can hear all about these amazing reptiles in our 11am Forgotten Fauna talk. . . . #tuatara #reptile #notalizard #coolcreature #prehistoric #pukaha #rare #cool #wildnz #history #fauna #animal #nz
Our proud kakariki dad looking after his chicks, h Our proud kakariki dad looking after his chicks, how good is this chick patiently waiting for his food? Minus the foot nudge to hurry the other one up! . . . #kakariki #feeding #parakeet #chick #fledgling #raising #young #green #parrotsofinstagram #pukaha #love
Have you met our fab geckos! Mr and Mrs Green the Have you met our fab geckos! Mr and Mrs Green the barking geckos can be found chilling out in the Nocturnal House hunting moths and bananas! . . . #gecko #wellingtongreengecko #barkinggecko #green #lizard #reptile #pukaha #discover #moko #explore #worldapart #escape #forest #ngahere
How stunning is this piece by the talented @hannah How stunning is this piece by the talented @hannahshandart 😊 Inspired by our one and own Kahurangi, Hannah has generously offered to support our conservation work through her talent! Repost @hannahshandart with @get_repost ・・・ 💙 Until the end of March I am donating 30% of all 'Kokako and Kohekohe' print sales from my website to @pukahanz (bird sanctuary in the Wairarapa) 💙 This artwork is drawn of one of their beautiful birds 'Kahurangi', and I am really happy to be supporting them! 😁
Kia ora koutou. Pūkaha is open for all to enjoy. Kia ora koutou. Pūkaha is open for all to enjoy. While increased hygiene measures are in place, it's very much business as usual. Visitors are welcome to explore the national wildlife centre - walk in the forest and connect with nature. Free guided tours are available each day at 12.30pm. . . . #pukaha #wairarapa #tararua #whatson #wildlife #tours #nz #newzealand #explore #nature #takecare #self #immerseyourself

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