On this significant day of Matariki and the inauguration of Te Wānanga Taiao at Pūkaha on the 14th of July, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre will only be open to the Public from 1.30pm, with gold coin entry.
We are thrilled to also offer three exclusive self-guided viewing opportunities of our new facility.
Te Wānanga Taiao will be open to the public for Three, 1 hour long self-guided viewing sessions:
- 1:30 pm
- 2:30 pm
- & 3:30 pm
The public will get the opportunity to explore Te Wānanga Taiao and all its facilities, the whare kai, the accommodation centre and the wharenui, which has special significance to Mana Whenua, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua. Carvings crafted by Pūkaha National Wildlife’s onsite carvers adorn the wharenui.
Visitors on a self-guided Te Wānanga Taiao viewing experience can look to get wowed as they immerse themselves in kōrero (stories), told by local volunteer guides, who will be stationed in various rooms and buildings of Te Wānanga Taiao.
However, please note that spaces for these viewings are limited to 30 people & ‘first in, first served’, enhancing the intimacy and depth of the experience. This is your chance to witness first-hand the culmination of our conservation efforts and dedication to environmental education.
Make sure you visit us early to secure your place early and join us in celebrating this milestone on a day of cultural and environmental significance.
Remember, it’s a gold coin entry, with all proceeds contributing directly to our ongoing preservation work.
We encourage visitors to Carpool or use our Free bus where possible.