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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

Join the team at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre for four daily talks and feeding sessions with New Zealand’s rarest inhabitants.

Not too long ago, New Zealand was known for its deafening dawn chorus and unusual wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Today, visitors can get a glimpse of this unique world by entering Pūkaha, a restored native forest that is home to some of the country’s most endangered species.

By stepping into this unfenced reserve you also contribute to the breeding programmes working to return the bird song across New Zealand, for the shore plover, pāteke, whio and many more. Visitors will also get to see Manukura, the only white Kiwi in captivity in the world and the hand-reared kōkako, Kahurangi.

Visitors can book a guided or Behind the Scenes tour which depart daily with advance booking. Or you can join one of four daily talks/feeds included with general admission:

11:00am Tuatara & Forgotten Fauna

12:00pm Kiwi

1:30pm Longfin (tuna) eel

3:00pm Kākā circus

You can see breeding and advocacy birds including takahe, hihi (stitchbird), kākāriki and korimako (bellbird) while the 942-hectare reserve is also home to wild North Island kākā, kereru (New Zealand pigeon), rifleman and kōkako, as well as North Island brown kiwi.

A longer walking track is also available (1.5hrs approx.) that takes you deeper into the forest. You can top off your day with a visit to the interactive gallery and Kākā Cafe, overlooking the Takahe enclosure. Just keep an eye out for the cheeky Kākā who love to beg for a bit of lunch!

Price: $20 Adult, $6 Child (5-15 years), Under 5 Free

Product Extras: Guided tour, behind the scenes tour, night tour.

Location: 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton (2 hours drive from Wellington or Napier)

 

Also check out the great deals on our other product:

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Family Entry

Available Bookings from June 04 to June 10

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Emma from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2019

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A white kiwi!!!

Highly recommended!!! We planned this visit as a point for the kids to get out of the car for a stretch after an almost 2hr car drive. We were pleasantly surprised when we got so much more out of the visit. My kids were so excited to see a white kiwi and have the brown kiwi running up and down against the glass. The kaka were out in force and were even visiting us in the friendly cafe, that, might I add, had some fantastic scones! The kids loved the interactive space at the entrance and loved looking for all the different types of birds in the averies. The Tuatara came out of hiding a posed for the camera the minute we went to the enclosure. We are so glad we got to visit and will be doing it again

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Caitlin Kilpin from New Zealand wrote on 21 February 2020

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A wonderful day out!

Would recommend to anyone wanting to experience New Zealand wildlife

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Rio from United Kingdom wrote on 12 December 2019

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Good experience

We attended 3 of the daily talks and they were really interesting. My partner also got to feed the eels which she really enjoyed. We thought it would be an hour trip but you can easily spend hours there.

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Liz from New Zealand wrote on 19 August 2019

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Brilliant day out

Brilliant day out, especially the kiwi and the eels.

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Thank you so much Liz for your review! Great to hear you had a brilliant day out. Cheers! :D

Tina from Australia wrote on 05 June 2019

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Fantastic place to visit. Beautiful setting and very friendly staff. Well worth the trip to see Manukura. Great cafe onsite too

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