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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 May 12 to May 18

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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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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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From Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

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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From Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

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.

Toya Heatley from New Zealand wrote on 20 November 2020

Awesome place

Loved our visit so much we returned two days later and plan on returning again next week. As a bird photographer this place is perfect. Highly recommend!

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Kia ora Toya, Thanks so much for your kind words, we're really pleased you enjoyed your visit so much you came back again and again! Our birds love being photographed, that's for sure. See you again soon.

Yijin from New Zealand wrote on 28 October 2020

Fun place for family out

Great to hear a lot of stories about different birds from Rangers and volunteers. The white kiwi is very cute. Great place for family with school age kids!

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