Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is just 20 minutes north of Masterton at Mount Bruce where you can see endangered wildlife such as tuatara, eels, kaka, kokako and kiwi up close, as well as Manukura, the only white kiwi in captivity in the world.
Walk through their fantastic free flight aviary home to many native New Zealand birds and enjoy lunch at Kaka Cafe – with views over the takahe enclosure and curious Kaka happy to swoop in and introduce themselves.
Everyday at Pukaha you can join in on informative daily talks from the rangers, which take place throughout the day:
11am Reptiles and Forgotten Fauna
12 noon Kiwi House
1.30pm Longfin Eel feeding
3pm Kaka feeding
Or get up close and personal with a Behind the Scenes Guided Tour where you can visit the takahe, watch a kiwi health check, and help feed the eels, tuatara and kaka. For feeding times, prices and to make a booking click here.
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is open 7 days a week between 9am – 6pm in Summer (1 October to 30 April) and 9am – 4.30pm in Winter (1 May – 30 September).
Locals can visit Pukaha, any time of year, at half the normal entry fee with proof of residence such as a utilities bill.