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Weekend Getaway to Mount Bruce

Your tickets are booked for the Wairarapa. But why stop there? There is more than meets the eye in this neck of the woods. Here are our top picks for a weekend getaway to Mount Bruce with the best of the Wairarapa/Tararua on your doorstep!

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Get your Kids into Nature these School Holidays

It’s that time of year again – school holidays are here! We’ve compiled our favourite holiday activities you can get involved with at home, right in your own backyard. Here are the best ways to get your kids in nature these school holidays.

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Inside a Kiwi Nursery

Have you ever wondered about what it’s like working with kiwi in our kiwi nursery? Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes and find out just how the magic happens!

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What’s In Your Garden: Moko Kākāriki

The time has come to shine a spotlight on some of the other creatures calling this forest home. Introducing the moko kākāriki (Naultinus punctatus), also known as a Wellington tree gecko.Read on to learn why it’s so special!

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5 Awesome Jobs the Pūkaha Volunteers Love

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we thought we’d share with you the awesome jobs that Pūkaha volunteers love so much. And it could be you! Here are our five favourites plus how you can become part of the Pūkaha conservation magic.

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Why You Need a Forest Wedding at Pūkaha

Your special day can be anything you like, but have you thought about combining it with your love for nature? Here are our favourite reasons to have a forest wedding at Pūkaha (think beautiful forest accents, light, and giving a little back).

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Our Favourite Māori Legends From the Forest

Once upon a time, Aotearoa New Zealand was a wild, magical place. There are many Māori legends for how its iconic creatures came to be. Here we introduce you to the stories of the kiwi and tuatara, two legends to make your visit even more interesting!

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So You Want To Be A Ranger?

Have you been thinking about becoming a ranger in New Zealand but still have some niggling questions? Meet Eve MacKenzie, 26, our newest intern on the path to becoming a ranger to see what kind of things she gets up to during the week.

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The Wacky World of New Zealand Wētā

New Zealand wētā are some of our most iconic insects, but do you know what’s so special about them? It’s time to get introduced to our famous wētā species and the wonderful, wacky world they live in. Let’s go!

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Saving the Shore Plover

Pūkaha has been involved with saving the shore plover since the early 1980’s. A challenging bird to breed, it is today one of our biggest success stories, with our captive breeding programme contributing to around 10% of the world’s total number. We interview Pūkaha ranger Mireille Hicks about what goes on behind the scenes!

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Discover Pūkaha

Pūkaha. The name means “windy mountain” but scratch beneath the surface and you find it is a whole lot more. It may be a national wildlife centre and successful breeding conservation site, but it’s also home to hundreds of birds that are today found only in the rarest pockets of kiwi bush.

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