Kōkako at Pūkaha. © Tara Swan

Absorb the legends of Aotearoa with Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha


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At Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre you can have an immersive experience that is both ecological and cultural. 

Pūkaha is a 942-hectare native wildlife and conservation sanctuary – the largest remaining piece of native bush in Wairarapa, and home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, including Manukura, the white kiwi. 

Here, you can explore the native environment on a unique cultural tour – Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha – where local guides explain Māori creation legends, tell the fascinating stories of Māui and how the land and life came to be. 

The Pūkaha motto is Rongo te Mauri – listen and smell; be present; absorb the moment that you are in; experience the ‘mauri,’ the life force. 

You’ll meet Pūkaha’s native residents – kererū and hihi, kākāriki and kōkako – and finish with refreshments: delicious fried bread and kawakawa tea. 

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