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.

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

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 45 minute Family Tour encourages kids of all ages to get excited about conservation!

Discover some fascinating native birds, bugs and eels. Learn Maori legends.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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.

Minimum age 16 years.

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

Bookings essential

Departs daily 11:00am
$65 per adult
$32.50 per child
$280 family

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, and eels, and view our very own glow worm cave. What you see during the tour varies depending on the weather, the abundance of forest food, whether it’s summer or winter, and more.

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

Minimum age 10 years.

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

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

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 on this 6 hour practical workshop (includes a break for lunch).

Suitable for any photography level and equipment including smart phones, compact cameras, DSLR; from the enthusiast through to the professional. Bring your own phone/camera to use. 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.

An early 8:00am start allows for the best light and wildlife activity opportunities.

Buy lunch at Kākā Café or BYO lunch.

Includes entry.

Minimum age 16 years.

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, exclusive, conservation experience.

Start the day at 8:00am, before the park opens to the public.

You will shadow various Rangers behind the scenes whilst they perform their daily duties.

Actual activities may vary depending on the needs of the wildlife, but may include: weighing kiwi, health checks, 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 Café. This is an amazing opportunity to ask species specialists all the questions you’ve ever wondered.

Finish your experience at the 3:00pm Kaka talk.

Includes entry.

Minimum age 16 years.

Bookings essential
Available every Monday
$300 per adult

Junior Rangers

Created for young nature lovers aged 5-14yrs, Junior Rangers offers hands-on learning in Pūkaha’s Reserve and is available during the NZ School Holidays.

Spend the day exploring the forest, meeting and feeding the birds (especially our cheeky kākā) – plus feed our resident Longfin Eels!

Each session is tailored to the weather conditions and offers flexibility to suit childrens’ 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).

Runs 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday during school holidays.

Price: $30, Members price: $27

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.

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