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

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Opening Hours

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

8th September 2021


Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is OPEN to the public 9am – 5pm daily under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions.

– Scanning or Signing in on arrival is mandatory for every visitor

– Please bring a facemask. Wearing them indoors is now a Ministry of Health requirement

– Please keep a Social Distance of 2 metres from others wherever possible

– Please remember to be patient, kind and respectful to others and be mindful of their need to Social Distance

– Please follow the directions of our staff. They know what to do and are here to help.

If you need to get in touch with us, please email: [email protected]

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.

Today we welcomed the first kiwi chick of the season at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre 💚

Little Taranaki-Tra5 hatched in the early hours of the morning, perfect and healthy at 348g. We are so excited to start the season! There are currently 6 more eggs in the incubators with hopefully another one not far off hatching 🥰

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While our pateke pairs have been busy nesting, our whio pair Jimmy and Jazzy have been showing signs of love is in the air! 

Jimmy is being very much a gentleman and allowing Jazzy to take most of the morning mealworm treats, and has been following her around, getting involved in everything she is doing. 

We are so excited breeding season is here already, spring really feels here! The first of the pateke eggs are due to hatch next week, so stay tuned for photos 🐥
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Our kaitiaki during lockdown, Nikau the kākā is keeping a close watch on the rangers, making sure his ngahere is still being looked after, and the main thing; the kākā feed stations stay full! 

Outside the Whare Whakairo lives another guardian. Have you seen them during your visits to Pūkaha? Who was your favourite?
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The handsome Mapuna after this mornings health check. 

Mapuna is Manukuras little brother, and while he is not on display some lucky visitors spy him during our night tours. 

Check out our website for more information on our Night Tours
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The gorgeous Fern, a female red crowned kakariki who lives in our Free Flight Aviary all excited for breakfast! 

Check out those fluffenchops! 😍

Keep an eye out for this cheeky duo foraging in the leaf litter during your next visit.

Don't forget your camera for our Kids Winter Photo Competition! Running July and August, for more details please visit:

📷: Tara Swan
Did you know we also monitor our wild kākā nestboxes? After going through all the records we are excited to announce that 19 wild kākā successfully fledged across our artificial nestboxes*. 

You may have spotted some of these cheeky juveniles at our 3pm kākā feed. Just keep an eye out for the fluffy ones trying to steal a treat from an unsuspecting adult kākā!

*These are the only kākā nests we monitor. 'Wild nests' such as those is tree hollows are not monitored by rangers. A large scale census is planned for the upcoming season to hopefully determine how big our wild kākā population may be!

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