Tours and Talks
We hold the following daily talks, free with every entrance ticket:
- 11:00 am Reptiles and Forgotten Fauna
- 12:00 pm Kiwi
- 1:30 pm Longfin Eel
- 3:00 pm Kākā
We also offer tours, workshops and experiences, school holiday programmes and visits for schools, community organisations and other groups:
Our aviary track through the forest is accessible for those in wheelchairs or using strollers.
We have a mobility scooter, stroller and umbrellas for our customers use available at the counter on a first come first served basis.
More accessibility information here
1 Hour Guided Tour
Departs daily at 11:00am and 2:00pm
$45 per adult
$22.50 per child
Departs Weekends/ School Holidays at 10:00am or 3:30pm
$35 per adult
$17.50 per child (5+)
Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha
Join Rangitāne on a walk through the bush. Learn about wildlife, trees and traditional stories of the Tangata Whenua (people of the land). Listen to ancient stories of the Pūkaha forest. Discover Māori whakapapa (genealogy), spirituality and connection to place. Includes shared kai (food) of kawakawa tea and bread. Includes entry.
Departs 11:00am or 2:00pm Weekends and School Holidays
$65 per adult
$32.50 per child
Join our skilled rangers as they take you on an unforgettable search for kiwi, wētā, and eels, and view our very own glow worm cave. Only for the intrepid at heart! Includes entry.
Saturday nights or by request, minimum 4 people
$65 per adult
$32.50 per child
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Second Saturday of the month year round
$250 per adult
Ranger for a Day Experience
Join our Rangers for a day on the ultimate conservation experience. Start the day before everyone else. You will shadow various Team Members whilst they perform their daily duties. Actual activities may vary depending on the needs of the wildlife, but may include: weighing kiwi, feeding bush birds, cleaning inside aviaries and more. Talk to the team during morning/afternoon tea and lunch whilst eating tasty food provided by Kākā Cafe. Finish your experience at the Kākā talk. Includes entry.
Available every Monday
$300 per adult
5-14 year olds wanting to engage with nature and learn about Pūkaha’s living ecosystem will want to sign up for our holiday Junior Ranger programme.
Spend the day exploring the forest, meeting the birds and help prepare lunch for the kākā – plus feed our resident longfin eels!
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Includes: Lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available)
Runs every Wednesday during school holidays
School or Group visits
We’re always excited about having schools, community organisations and other groups seeing the wonders of Pukaha!
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.
can be booked online through the Bookit website.
These tours are booked when a confirmation email has been sent to you.