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.
Once common throughout the North Island, its numbers were decimated by the introduction of rats and stoats that arrived with the early European settlers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Some may look pretty frightening, but did you know that New Zealand’s insects are super important? Here we share with you our favourite creepy crawlies at Pūkaha so keep your eyes peeled on your next visit!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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!