Tours and Talks

1 Hour Guided Tour

A 1-hour exploration of Pūkaha’s 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.

Bookings essential.

Departs daily at 11:00am and 2:00pm
$45 per adult
$22.50 per child
$150 family

Family Tour

Designed especially for children, the Pūkaha 45 minute Family Tour encourages kids of all ages to get excited about conservation! Discover some fascinating native birds, bugs and eels. Learn Māori legends. Includes entry.

Bookings essential

Departs Weekends/ School Holidays at 10:00am or 3:30pm
$35 per adult
$17.50 per child (5+)
$100 family


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. Tour is 2 hours and includes entry.

Bookings essential

Departs 11:00am or 2:00pm Weekends and School Holidays
$65 per adult
$32.50 per child
$280 family

Night Tour

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

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.

Bookings essential
Saturday nights or by request, minimum 4 people
$65 per adult
$32.50 per child
$280 family


Wildlife Photography Workshop

Learn from Pūkaha’s respected professional photographers about your camera and how to photograph wildlife. Suitable for any photography level and equipment including smart phones, compact cameras, DSLR; from the enthusiast through to the professional. Includes photographic theory tutorial and practical outdoor photo experience. Opportunity to photograph our aviary birds from the outside (how to get good photos through mesh or glass); inside free flight aviary; wild birds on the loop track; plants, trees, tuatara, geckos, skinks and more. Includes entry.

Bookings essential
Second Saturday of the month year round
$250 per adult
$1,000 family


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 tea and lunch whilst eating tasty food provided by Kākā Cafe. Finish your experience at the Kākā talk. Includes entry.

Bookings essential
Available every Monday
$300 per adult

Junior Rangers

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!

Price: $30, Members price: $27
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Includes: Lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available)
Runs every 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.

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