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What to Expect

Pūkaha is a wonderland of native wildlife and bushwalks.

Visit

Kahurangi the kōkako, the only one of her kind in captivity in the world. Then check out the kiwi nursery, where we raise kiwi chicks for release.

Stand

In our free-flight aviary as native New Zealand birds arc and soar around and above you.

Discover

Pou (signposts) throughout the reserve which connect with Māori whakapapa (ancestry) and atua (gods) to help guide visitors with rich stories about the wildlife and forest.

Watch

Kai whakairo (carvers) in action at the whare whakairo (carving studio) located just off the carpark. Entry to the studio is free and it’s open six days a week, 9am – 5pm from Monday – Saturday.

Strike out

On a two hour tramp to really explore the depths of the forest.

Note: there are no rubbish bins in the forest.
What you take in you must also take out!

But

We’re not a petting zoo.

We’re the National Wildlife Centre, a place of conservation and restoration, in partnership with Rangitāne and the Department of Conservation.

You can’t hold baby kiwi or pat the takahē.

 

However

You can feed the tuna (eels) – if you dare!

You can

Marvel at the Giant Wētā, a scale model of a real life wētā but 50 times its size!

This metal monster stands 1.6m (5’3”) tall and 5m (16’4”) long, not including the legs and antennae.

And

Take a tour with our amazing rangers who will fill your time with insights into what happens at Pūkaha and introduce you to the wonders of the forest.

You will

Experience nature in harmony.

We call this rongo te mauri – feeling life’s essence.

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