Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Our 942-hectare forest is home to wild kokako and kaka, while inside our aviaries we breed endangered birds for release across Aotearoa New Zealand.

On your visit you will learn about our conservation work and possibly see birds with their chicks in the aviaries. You may also come across wild birds in the forest such as the titipounamu (rifleman), karearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kereru (wood pigeon). You may also see advocacy birds like Manukura the white kiwi and Kahurangi the kokako. Refuel in the Kaka Café with some fresh kai overlooking the takahe.
Pukaha (at Mount Bruce) has been breeding wildlife since the early 1960s and is a partnership between Rangitane o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation. We are a non-profit and all proceeds go back into our conservation projects.

We hold the following daily talks, free with every entrance ticket:
11:00 am Reptiles and Forgotten Fauna
12:00 pm Kiwi
1:30 pm Longfin Eel
3:00 pm Kaka

Note that 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).
  • My grandson (10 yrs) really enjoyed the experience, had an abundance of questions and found the day exciting. The staff who took us around were so great and made it a special day. I have been recommending this experience to my friends.
    BERKETT LAUREL - Jul 23, 2018 (Stayed Jul 2018)
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  • We had a fantastic time, our guide was knowledgeable and extremely passionate about Mt Bruce. We had a great time , just a pity manukura was ill. Hope for a speedy recovery, we will be back to explore more. thanks
    TREVOR STRANG - Apr 28, 2018 (Stayed Apr 2018)
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  • Our guide was interesting - as there was only the two of us with our guide we were able to ask all our questions and we enjoyed our whole day at Mt Bruce.
    MAUREEN BOYLE - Jan 30, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018)
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  • We really enjoyed our visit and were pleased to see New Zealand birds and other animals at first hand.
    RAY BUSS - Jan 23, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018)
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  • Had a great time here, can safely say my expectations were exceeded. Wonderful animals, friendly staff and the cafe has a down-to-earth nz feel
    GRANT WATSON - May 18, 2017 (Stayed May 2017)
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