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Dedicated to the protection of our forest and native wildlife, from kiwi to kokako. Join us to help save NZ's iconic species!

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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is NZ's most established captive breeding facility located just 20-minutes north of Masterton.

Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including takahe, kokako, kakariki, hihi (stichbird), kaka and several kiwi including Manukura, the white kiwi. While you are here you can visit the theatre for a number of short films or take a peek at a working kiwi nursery. The Kaka Cafe overlooking the takahe - just watch out for the kaka! These cheeky parrots are regular visitors and love to star in your photographs (please remember to not feed the birds).

Visitors can join one of our daily talks (see below) or book an exclusive Behind the Scenes tour for a more detailed look at conservation works. We also offer Night Tours (a wonderful way to listen for wild kiwi and view our glow worm cave), birthday parties and special rates for locals (just bring in proof of your address to get 50% off).

Our feeds are at:

11.00am - Tuatara talk and feed

12 noon - Kiwi talk

1.30pm - Eel feed

3.00pm - Kaka feed

The free-flight aviary also provides a chance to see whio (blue duck) up close while walkers can explore easy-to-walk trails that weave through native forest. The café serves great coffee beside the interactive gallery – looking for creepy crawlies in the rata tree will be a highlight for kids of all ages.

Your donation today will go towards the continuous restoration of our forest, this includes not only buying/ monitoring the traps, but also checking on our wild kiwi population.

Just this year alone, our lead kiwi ranger is monitoring 12 kiwi out in the forest, with one more soon ready for release. We will add updates on our kiwi and other birds from the bush as we go!

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Pukaha, National Wildlife Centre is under the guardianship of a strong partnership between the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board, Rangitane o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation.

We share a common vision to restore this place to its natural, tranquil beauty and restore the forest’s legendary dawn chorus.

These three groups are are drawn together in to their unique community partnership through the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board which was established in 2006.

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Spring is coming!  7 August 2018

Kia ora!

With the weather getting warmer, a lot of our birds have started to show signs of breeding. The first to nest are our awesome patake, brown teal pair in the free flight. Last check in saw 8 eggs!

Thanks to your generous donations, we can continue our vital conservation work for endangered native birds.

Bring on the sunshine!

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Sep 2019



  • James

    James on 22 Aug 2019


    I love Kiwis and we have four stuffed animal Kiwis. The reason I chose to give my birthday money to this charity to is because you look after the only white kiwi in New Zealand.


    • Pukaha Mount Bruce

      Hi James, thank you so much for your donation! We will make sure it goes towards our kiwi conservation work and of course buying Manukura an extra special treat from you! Thank you again, and Happy Birthday!

  • Tara Swan

    Tara Swan on 02 Jul 2019



  • Judith Slater

    Judith Slater on 25 Jun 2019


    I will definitely come and visit next February. Such wonderful work you are all doing.


  • Hub 4 Hadlow School

    Hub 4 Hadlow School on 20 Mar 2019



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