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