Prices & Tours

Self-Guided Entry Prices

Pūkaha members – FREE
(Not a member? Join now!)

Children under 5 – FREE

Children 5-14 years – $7.00

Students – $18.50

Gold Card – $18.50
(65 and over) 

Adults – $22.00

Family pass – $55.00
(Up to six people, with a maximum of two adults)


Locals get half price entry with our hapori rates

Your self-guided entry ticket is valid all day. Although various start times are offered when you book online, you do not need to arrive at a specific time.

1 Hour Guided Tour

A 1-hour exploration of the Pūkaha forest with one of our dedicated rangers. You will learn the untold stories behind our birds and plants with someone who knows the forest best. Includes entry.

A family is up to six people, with a maximum of two adults.

Private 1 Hour Guided Tour Option
1 hour guided tours are available to be booked exclusively by your bubble of up to 10 people. These socially distanced, Covid-safe guided tours allow you to go deeper into the Reserve in safety.

Advance bookings essential

Departs daily at 11:00am

Adult $45 
Gold card/student $38.25 
Child $22.50
Family $150

Night Tour

If you want to experience the real Aotearoa New Zealand, then a step into the darkness is a must.

Join our skilled rangers on this 2 hour night tour, as they take you on an unforgettable search for kiwi, wētā, tuna (eels), and glow worms. What you may see or hear during the tour varies depending on the weather, the abundance of forest food, whether it’s summer or winter, and more. As it’s wildlife, nothing is guaranteed, but the fun is in the searching!

Includes entry the day of your tour or the day following your tour.

A family is up to six people, with a maximum of two adults.

Start times vary between summer and winter and will be confirmed.

Advance bookings essential.

Check booking calendar for availability.

Adult $75
Gold card/student $68
Child $37.50
Family $250

Junior Rangers

Created for young nature lovers aged 5 to 11 years, Junior Rangers offers hands-on learning in the Pukaha Reserve and is available during the NZ School Holidays. Spend the day exploring the forest, getting to know the birds and watching them being fed: especially our cheeky kaka and tuna (longfin eels)!

Each session is tailored to the weather conditions and offers flexibility to suit children’s interests in the Reserve. Our knowledgeable guides provide stories and fun facts about the forest and its wildlife – there’s lots to learn and enjoy.

Includes lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options available).

Advance bookings essential

Runs 10:30am – 2:30pm

NZ School Holidays
Children aged 5-11 years

Children $48 (Any subsequent children from same family $40 each)

School or Group visits

We’re always excited about having schools, community organisations and other groups seeing the wonders of Pūkaha!
Whether it’s a classroom visit, scouts, girl guides, cubs, rangers, St Johns, home-school groups — really, any organisation with an interest in native wildlife and our environment — we offer fun, educational programs for everyone.


Advance bookings essential

Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha


Meet passionate local iwi on an in-depth walk through the ngahere. Learn the Māori world view, spirituality and connection to place. Share kai (food) with your guide and fellow guests of kawakawa tea and fried bread.

Tour is 2.5 hours and includes entry.

A family is up to six people, with a maximum of two adults.

Advance bookings essential

Departs daily 11:00am

Adult $75
Gold card/student $68
Child $37.50
Family $250

Virtual Experiences

Join one of our knowledgeable Rangers on a 1-hour exploration of the ngahere (forest) at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.

Hosted online via Airbnb and Zoom this virtual experience features exclusive videos created by our Rangers and a live guide.

You will learn about the conservation work we do; and the untold stories behind our native New Zealand manu (birds) and wildlife.

Hear traditional local Maori stories from Rangitāne.

– Watch a kiwi chick hatch
– See kiwi in our nocturnal house
– Observe tuna (longfinned eels) in their natural habitat
– Laugh with the cheeky kākā whilst our Rangers monitor them
– Meet the charming North Island Kōkako, Kahurangi.

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