Kākā at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre

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You can see conservation in action at the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre in the northern Wairarapa. Tuatara, kōkako, kiwi and takahē are all permanent residents here.


Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre also has a visitor centre, café, education programmes, stunning interactive displays, and wheelchair access tracks through native bush.

Encounter kākā and eel at their daily feeding.

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Place overview


  • Toilets
  • Information panels
  • Visitor centre


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Nature and conservation

The captive residents include tuatara, the "living fossil" that roamed the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.

Outside the centre you can explore the last remaining remnant of this once majestic forest. Surrounded by ancient forest trees and free flying native birds, you'll get a sense of how New Zealand used to be. Encounter wild kākā, kōkako, stitchbird, takahē and kākāriki.

Make your way up to the summit via the Te Arapiki o Tawhaki walking track and you may be lucky enough to glimpse reintroduced kōkako or hear their haunting song. Nocturnal kiwi have also been returned to the forest.

Getting there

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is located on SH2, 30 km north of Masterton and 10 km south of Eketahuna.

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

Know before you go

Visit the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre website for the opening hours and entrance fees.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:   +64 6 377 0700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   220 South Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 191
Masterton 5840
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