Pukaha Mount Bruce


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

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Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Our 942-hectare forest is home to wild kōkako and kākā, while inside our aviaries we breed endangered birds for release across Aotearoa New Zealand. We are located 20 minutes north of Masterton, and 2 hours north of Wellington.

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), kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kererū (wood pigeon). You may also see advocacy birds like Manukura the white kiwi and Kahurangi the kōkako.

Refuel in the Kākā Café with some fresh kai overlooking the takahē.

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. We are a non-profit and all proceeds go back into our conservation projects. So rongo te mauri – feel life’s essence!

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.

More about us

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is under the guardianship of a strong partnership between the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board,  Rangitāne 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 Pūkaha Mount Bruce Board which was established in 2006.

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Update from the forest during Covid-19  8 April 2020

Posted by: Pukaha Mount Bruce

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Pūkaha is unable to open it's doors to the public.

Rest assured our wildlife continues to be looked after by our wonderful rangers.

During this time we would appreciate your help to feed our wildlife. Even small amounts make a huge difference.

For example:

$8 feeds a kiwi chick for a week

$60 keeps a trapline secure and maintained

$90 feeds a kākāriki and kākā family for a month

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Bronwyn on 18 Aug 2020
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Guest Donor on 12 May 2020
Pūkaha was the first place I got to see my favourite bird the kokako. It was a very special moment for me and you guys made it possible!! Thank you for all the amazing work you do!
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Alastair on 09 May 2020
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Guest Donor on 09 May 2020
To support your essential predator control efforts.

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