Dedicated to the protection of our forest and native wildlife, from kiwi to kōkako. Join us to help save NZ's iconic species!
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 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.
Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is under the guardianship of a strong partnership between the Pūkaha Mount Bruce Board, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation.
Update from the forest during Covid-19 8 April 2020
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.
$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
Ngā mihi for your generous donation Jo, we're so pleased Emma had a fantastic birthday! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Ngā mihi for your generous donation Adele. Your kind words are truly appreciated, we hope to see you again soon.
Thank you so much for your understanding! Hope to see you again soon (with power!).
Ngā mihi for your generous donation, it's greatly appreciated by all our wildlife and team.
Ngā mihi for your generous donation Chris, hope to see you in the ngahere soon.