Annual Fundraising Dinner

Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner will be held on 28 April at the Copthorne Solway Park and Resort and organisers are hoping for a great turnout.

Tickets are $95 each (or a table of 10 for $900) and includes drinks, canapes, dinner and entertainment. There is also an auction with pieces including a photograph by Rebecca Kempton, a signed vinyl LP from Ladyhawke, dinner and a guided night walk for 10 people at Pukaha Mount Bruce and a signed jersey by Liam Malone.  Mystery envelopes and raffles will also be available on the night

How to get here

We are located on State Highway 2 between Masterton in the Wairarapa (approximately 30km) and Eketahuna in the Tararua district (approximately 10km).

This is toward the east coast, on New Zealand's North Island.

It takes about 2 hours to drive from Wellington and about the same from Napier. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive from Palmerston North.

Conservation Week 2018 is here!


Conservation Week is a New Zealand, Department of Conservation run initiative that takes place each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it.

Each year DOC works with community groups across Aotearoa to spread the conservation message. It’s a nationwide celebration of kiwis pitching in to help our native plants and animals. All over the country "kiwi" are encouraged to get involved by, going to a local Conservation Week event, doing an activity off your own back or donating to existing conservation programmes.


Māori Language Week- September 10th-16th  'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ 

Help us celebrate our foundation language of New Zealand-te Reo- This week it's all about just giving it a go. With our tips and resources you can have a go at purchasing your entry ticket in te Reo, ordering your coffee from the kākā cafe' and at all our daily wildlife talks, learn the Māori name for the species.

The Pukaha, National Wildlife Centre kiwi nursery is open for the season!

Tuesday morning Pukaha welcomed the 102nd kiwi chick to be hatched at the wildlife centre. Pukaha rangers and volunteers have collected four kiwi eggs from the Pukaha forest so far this season and have begun the very delicate and specialised incubation process in the kiwi house nursery. The rangers will carefully turn the remaining three eggs four times a day while maintaining the temperature at 35.5 degrees Celsius until they hatch.

Conservation Week 2018


Conservation Week Fun-Our "Nature" Themed Lego challenge

Join us in our annual Pukaha Lego challenge on Saturday September 22nd.
The Theme is “NATURE” and your Lego creation can be anything that you think fits the theme. Lego creations will be displayed from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 22nd. Winners will be announced at Pukaha at 3:30pm.


The Wairarapa has businesses leading the way in making New Zealand a world class sustainable visitor destination following recent recognition by Qualmark New Zealand.

Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says State Highway 2 has turned gold following recognition by Qualmark New Zealand, an independent organisation that assess businesses to ensure they offer the highest quality experiences to New Zealand visitors.

School Holidays at Pukaha


 Junior Rangers & Te Kakano

It's almost the school holidays so it's time to get your Junior Rangers signed up for Ranger duty or older pre-teen rangers signed up for our new Te Kakano programme. Pukaha can help keep the kids busy with our hands on, interactive school holiday programmes.

Manukura the rare white kiwi is back at Pukaha, watch this space as there could be further vet visits.

Manukura, the rare white kiwi returned to Pukaha Mount Bruce on Friday May the 4th. Manukura had been at Wildbase recovery hospital since February after being diagnosed with a beak infection that had then entered her blood stream. Although there is no sign of the infection in any recent test, Manukura is still in recovery mode. At the moment she can be seen in the nocturnal kiwi house aviary at Pukaha Mount Bruce. There may be times Manukura will have to be away for on-going vet visits or small breaks from the nocturnal house aviary while she recovers.