Perfect Day Out
Perfect Day OutVisit Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre on a day trip from Wellington or within the Wairarapa!It's the perfect day out exploring nature, treating yourself and your whānau. Only a 2 hour drive from Wellington city; and 20 minutes from Masterton. Family...
Wairarapa Garden Tour 2022 – Pūkaha’s major fundraiser
2022 marks 12 years of Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre’s much-loved annual fundraiser – the Wairarapa Garden Tour. This two-day, self-drive tour will feature 15 beautiful gardens in South Wairarapa.
Bird news Despite the winter cold, there's been plenty happening with our feathered friends!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...
Wairarapa Garden Tour – Pukaha’s major fundraiser
Wairarapa Garden Tour – Pūkaha's major fundraiser by Rachael Dell Photos contributed by wairarapagardentour.co.nz Spring is a wonderful time of year to get outside, see new sights and re-energise in nature. The weather’s usually a little warmer, the sun is out for...
Five Winter Activities For Kids To Enjoy At Pūkaha
When the weather is cold and sometimes wet, what do you do with the kids? Here are five fun winter kids activities you can enjoy at Pūkaha.
Ten recommendations for getting the most from a long weekend visit
Staff at Pūkaha share some of their favourite actvities that aren’t always found in the guidebook.
5 last-minute eco-friendly Christmas gifts from Pūkaha
Sort your last-minute Christmas gifts at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, and take some time out too.
Counting Wild Kōkako
How often do you see a blue bird in the garden? Or even in a forest for that matter? One with a black eyemask looking like a burgler? If you really think about it, probably not that often. I am of course referring to the kōkako. One of New Zealand’s most endangered birds.
ANZAC Bridge – leading to a brighter future
ANZAC Bridge – leading to a brighter future by Alex Wall Photos contributed by Esther Bunning and Friends of ANZAC Bridge A short drive north along State Highway 2, just 2.7 kilometres past Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre sits ANZAC Bridge at Kaiparoro. The...
Student intern tells conservation story
Monash science student Jack O’Connor takes up a conservation communication internship with Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.
The return of Pūkaha to Rangitāne
The people of Rangitāne who descend from Whātonga were acknowledged in a ceremony with the Crown at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre on the 8th of February 2020.
Our Newest Arrival
Once common throughout the North Island, its numbers were decimated by the introduction of rats and stoats that arrived with the early European settlers
Our Oldest Inhabitants
There are an estimated 100,000 tuatara left in world. All found right here in New Zealand across predator free islands and reserves such as Pūkaha.
5 Native Plants Used In Māori Medicine
Our forest is home to a lot more than birds, and we are very proud of our native plants! Here we share five of the most common plants you might spot here and their traditional uses in Māori medicine.
5 Ways To Get Your Team Involved in Conservation
As a business leader, you have some pretty high priorities, and being responsible on an environmental level is one of them. At Pūkaha we have a number of ways to help motivate you and your team. Here are 5 ways you can give back.
Not too long ago, a chick was found in need of desperate love and care. That chick was named Kahurangi. This is her story.
What’s In Your Garden: Tītipounamu
Meet the tītipounamu, or rifleman, New Zealand’s smallest bird. This beautiful endemic bird can only be found in Aotearoa and is one of only two surviving New Zealand wrens.
Walking the Pūkaha Loop Track
New Zealand has some of the world’s most beautiful walking trails, but did you know that you can leave civilisation behind at Pūkaha? Our Lookout Track takes you deep into wild kōkako and kākā territory, past ancient natives that see very little human action. Read on for more!