Visitors gain a great understanding of conservation at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, a 20-minute drive north of Masterton at Mount Bruce. Pūkaha is home to some of New Zealand’s most endangered wildlife including tuatara, eels, kaka, kōkako, kākāriki and the white kiwi, Manukura - the only white kiwi in captivity in the world.
Walk through their fantastic free flight aviary, home to many native New Zealand birds like the whio (blue duck), or explore easy-to-walk trails that weave through native forest. Then enjoy lunch at Kaka Cafe with it's great coffee and views over the takahe enclosure - but watch-out as curious Kaka may swoop in and introduce themselves! Check out the interactive gallery where kids love to spot creepy crawlies in a rata tree. Speaking of insects, you won’t want to miss the fabulous 5-metre long weta sculpture, all part of Te Wahi Weta, (The Weta Place).
Each day you can join in on educational talks given by the rangers, which take place throughout the day:
- 11am Tuatara talk & feed
- 12pm Kiwi talk
- 1.30pm Longfin Eel feeding
- 3pm Kaka feeding
Behind the Scenes Guided Tour
Get up close and personal! Visit the takahe, watch a kiwi health check, and help feed the eels, tuatara and kaka. For feeding times, prices and to make a booking click here.
Junior Ranger School Holiday programme
Who wants to become a certified Junior Ranger? Prepare yourself for a day of adventure as kids will learn all about the natural world with bug hunts, kākā feeding and more. Holidays aren't meant to be boring!
For ages 5-14 yrs. $30 per child. Activities and lunch included.
Bookings essential. Call Pukaha to book.
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is open 7 days a week between 9am – 6pm in Summer (1 October to 30 April) and 9am – 4.30pm in Winter (1 May – 30 September).
Locals can visit Pukaha, any time of year, at half the normal entry fee with proof of residence such as a utilities bill.