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

Bubble Tour

This tour is conducted in the safety of your ‘bubble’ of family or friends and is perfect for small groups. Designed for the purpose of extra safety at Covid-19 Alert Level 2 and post Covid-19, it looks to minimalize contact with those people outside of your bubble.

The tour includes a 45 minute exploration of Pūkaha’s forest and wildlife attractions 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.

Price is for up to six people – Adults or Children

Bookings essential

Departs daily 10:00am.
$75 per tour

Campervan overnight stays with tours

Overnight in Pūkaha’s Reserve from the comfort of your campervan and choose a tour to suit your travel plans. There are two tours to choose from.

Campervan overnight stay with dawn tour.

Wake up with the birds and rise early to depart on the two-hour loop track. Guided by expert rangers, enjoy a walk in nature connecting with wildlife and taking in early morning vistas. Afterwards revive at the Kākā Café with a hearty cooked breakfast. Your Dawn Tour can occur the morning of your campervan arrival or the morning after arrival.

Includes entry

Bookings essential
Adults $185
Children $140
Departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Campervan overnight stay with night tour

Experience the magic and wonder of the ngahere (forest) at night. Your eyes and ears will become accustomed to the night-time activity of nature in the Reserve. Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore Aotearoa’s flora and fauna with a knowledgable guide and learn stories of Pukaha’s taonga. Your Night Tour will occur the evening of your campervan arrival.

Includes entry

Bookings essential
Adults $110
Children $85
Departs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

For more information about both tours click the ‘book now’ button.

All tour arrangements will be reconfirmed with our staff once you have made your booking. If you wish to book within 24 hours, please call us (06) 375 8004.

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 daily at 10:00am.
$35 per adult
$17.50 per child (5+)
$100 family


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.

Come and explore the world of manu (birds), reptiles, fungi and insects, see our iconic tuna (longfin eels), learn about trapping and plenty more!

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).

Parents/caregivers receive a free coffee/hot drink when they drop off their tamariki!

Bookings essential

Days offered vary during each school holidays. Check booking link for details.

Price: $30, Members price: $27

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


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 Kākā talk.

Includes entry.

Bookings essential
Departs every Monday
$300 per adult

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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Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha

Join local iwi Rangitāne on a 1.5 hour 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.

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

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.

Bookings essential
Departs on various days of the year, check the booking calendar for availability.
$250 per adult
$1,000 family


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