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Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

Join the team at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre for four daily talks and feeding sessions with New Zealand’s best native inhabitants.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the stunning restored native forest!
  • See kiwi and other native birds and animals in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy an informative and interesting wildlife experience.
  • Great day out for the whole family!

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

12:00pm: Kiwi

1:30pm: Longfin Eel

3:00pm: Kākā

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).

Per Adult $22.00
Per Child $7.00

What's included

  • Entry to Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

Location

  • 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton
  • (2 hours drive from Wellington or Napier)

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child (5-15 years), Under 5 Free.

Available Bookings from December 06 to December 12

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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darrenm3 from New Zealand wrote on 01 November 2021

Great Day Out

What a fantastic spot to spend a day with native wildlife. A very relaxed venue with happy friendly staff unlike the big commercialism of Zealandia Pukaha is much more chilled. Their talks are very informative and our exerience with the Kiwis was better than any other we have had in New Zealand, The cafe food is good although a little narrow in breadth of offerings. We popped out to have our own lunch in our van before returning in the afternoon. Enjoyed very good coffee at the cafe. The kaka display at the end of the day was a perfect end to a fantastic day out.

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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.

Stephanie from New Zealand wrote on 06 June 2021

Very nice place

We were short on time and didn't take the long walks but would have liked to. We got there when it opened and felt like we had it all to ourselves. Hard time seeing most of the animals, especially ones in the aviaries so that was a bit disappointing. But the staff was very nice and helpful. We weren't able to stay for feedings either, would like to have seen that.

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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!

George Rowell from New Zealand wrote on 23 April 2021

Great place and great staff

Friendly informative staff Would really recommend

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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.

annaliseb2 from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2021

Well worth the visit!

We arrived just after 9am (highly recommended) and headed to the Kiwi House where we were in awe of two gorgeous hicks that entertained us for almost an hour! The rest of the park was amazing too

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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!

Steve Mills from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2021

Lots of Avaries

We enjoyed our visit. Didn't realize there were so many contained spaces so that was a little disappointing but understandable too as we try to save so many beautiful species in New Zealand. Overall it was great and we loved the hike to the lookout and back.

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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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