Right regular Kiwi bloke’s name, Bruce, and this amazing wildlife centre is filled with the most Kiwi of creatures, especially bird-like ones.
Here be kiwi, and while no one can ever guarantee you a sighting (clue: they’re nocturnal), if you’re going to see the national bird, this is probably the best place. But wait, as they say, there’s more. A veritable laundry list of all that’s good and great and native in the avian category: wild – yet quite gregarious – kākā, their relative the kākāpō (the world’s only flightless parrot), the rare stitchbird or hihi and the beautiful takahē.
Come join us at 3pm each day for the kaka circus! Check out the stunning wing pattern of Ruby, our cheeky female kaka who many visitors also meet in the cafe first! . . . #photographerparadise #kaka #bird #birdphotography #parrot #Bushparrot #circus #Pukaha #conservation #conservationinaction #newzealand #nzbirds #newzealandpics #wings #flying #feathers #red
And if you prefer scales to feathers, the legendary tuatara are here as well, 200 million years old and counting.
With all these species either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered (on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species scale), this is a unique opportunity to see them all in one place. It also gives you a real understanding of New Zealand itself, and the wild and exotic creatures that once flourished here (and we don’t just mean the hippies who cut you off on State Highway 2). It’s kind of an ecological timewarp. In a good way.
Tui- black bird with a white pompom? Yeah Right! The tui up close has an variety of colours which just sparkle in the sunshine. Attract tui to your garden by planting flowering tree such as kowhai and pohutakawa! . . . #tui #parsonsbird #newzealand #nzbirds #flax #feathers #bird #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #feature #showpiece #newzealandpics #newzealandphotography #green #blue #native #nature
While here you can set off from the centre and walk the Te Arapiki o Tawhaki track, which gives you stunning views of the region and work up a good hunger for a sandwich when you get back down to the Wildlife Centre.