Join the team at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre for four daily talks and feeding sessions with New Zealand’s best native inhabitants.
Enjoy a day out at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife! Experience a 942-hectare forest home to wild kōkako and kākā, while the centre’s aviaries breed endangered birds for release across Aotearoa.
Learn about conservation work, possibly see birds with their chicks in the aviaries and you may also come across wild birds in the forest such as the tītipounamu (rifleman), kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kererū (wood pigeon). You might also glimpse advocacy birds like Kahurangi the kōkako!
Grab a spot of lunch and refuel at the Kākā Café which serves fresh kai (food) overlooking the takahē! Enjoy a range of freshly baked goods and favourites including wraps, paninis and toasties. Kākā Café includes a special children’s menu and caters to a variety of dietary requirements.
Pūkaha (at Mount Bruce) has been breeding wildlife since the early 1960s and is a partnership between Rangitāne o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation. Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre are a non-profit and all proceeds go back into our conservation projects.
Explore the native wildlife at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, perfect for the whole family!
Join in on the following daily talks, free with every entrance ticket:
11:00am: Reptiles and Forgotten Fauna
1:30pm: Longfin Eel
Please Note: Last entry is at 5:00pm (summer) and 3:30pm (winter).
Access to the loop lookout track closes at 4:00pm (summer) and 2:30pm (winter).
All prices are shown in NZD ($)
Kia ora Darren, Thanks so much for your review and kind words, they're greatly appreciated! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and made the most of the daily talks. Hope to see you next time you're in this neck of the woods.
Kia ora Stephanie, Thanks so much for your review! We're sorry you weren't able to stay for a longer visit and experience the daily talks or longer walks. It is so special having the whole Reserve to yourself. Hope to see you again soon!
Thanks so much George for your 5 stars and kind words! We're really pleased you enjoyed your forest experience. Hope to see you again soon.
Kia ora, Thanks so much for your visit and kind words! We're so pleased you were able to see kiwi chicks in the nocturnal house, how special. And a great tip to arrive first thing for the best bird activity. Hope to see you again soon!
Kia ora Steve, Thanks so much for your visit and for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit (especially the loop track)! We are a captive breeding sanctuary, where we breed native birds for release into the wild. We also work hard to ensure the wild is a safe place to be. Inside our aviaries we breed endangered species such as kiwi, takahē, kākā and kākāriki. In our reserve are many additional species of wild birds including tūī, kererū and pīwakawaka (fantails). We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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