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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

Become a forest guardian

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Opening Hours

Summer Hours
9:00am – 6:00pm
(during daylight savings
last Sunday in September
to first Sunday in April)

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.

 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE  8th September 2021
 

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is OPEN to the public 9am – 6pm 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] 

 

Forest pathway at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Campervans / EVs

Campervans 
There is plenty of parking space to accommodate campervans.
View our overnight campervan tours


Electric Vehicles (EVs)
We have two Type-2 EV trickle charging stations available. There is no cost to use our EV chargers however customers will be required to provide their own type-2 charging cable.

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.

A stunning cave weta hiding in the ferns. This little Nocturnal weta can sometimes be found hiding in tree hollow and under leaves. 
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25 day health check and nestbowl change for our gorgeous little kākā chick by Rangi and Papa. 

Can't believe how fast they are growing 🥰
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In safe hands.

We have had such a beautiful start to the season, with the kiwi nursery filling up with these beautiful little fluff balls! 

Over the next few days you may be lucky enough to catch a midday kiwi chick feed. Please feel free to call ahead if you are specially coming in to see a kiwi chick to confirm if there will be a feed. Learn all about our work with kiwi and Operation Nest Egg from our rangers daily at 12 noon. 
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Introducing our first kākā chick of the season! 

Rangi and Papa have been busy looking after this gorgeous baby, now 12 days old. You can see the eyes just starting to open up and a beautiful full crop showing Mum has been taking great care of them. 

We recently checked all our wild kākā nestboxes and are excited to see there is already activity in a few of them. Here's to a productive breeding season!
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A sneaky Barking gecko grabs a waxmoth larvae from her hiding place!
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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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