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Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery opens its doors

Thursday February 14 2019

The wait is over — New Zealand's first specialised wildlife rehabilitation centre is set to welcome everyone during its phased opening, starting today.

Located at the heart of Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade, Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery cares for our country’s recovering and resident taonga while they rehabilitate, preparing them for their release back into the wild.

The phased opening will give you a first look at what the centre has to offer. While a few enhancements are still ongoing, we are thrilled to provide you an opportunity to walk through our specially-designed aviaries, home to our resident animals such as the tuatara and the kākā. Two rare duck species, the whio (blue duck) and pāteke (brown teal), now also call the centre home. They are part of the Captive Breed for Release programme.

We also house the Powerco Education Centre, which has interactive and engaging displays on animal welfare and conservation insights.

Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery is proudly entirely bilingual, with signs in both English and te reo Māori.

To ensure that we maintain a safe and tranquil space for our wildlife, we will accommodate up to 50 people at a time. Entry is free.

Opening hours

  • Wednesday to Friday: two 90-minute sessions each day – 1pm to 2.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Saturday: four 90-minute sessions - 10am to 11.30am, 11.30am to 1pm, 1pm to 2.30pm, and 2.30pm to 4pm

This effort is made possible through a unique collaboration between Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Rangitāne o Manawatū, the Department of Conservation and community supporters.

Our visitor hosts can’t wait to show you through. To book a tour session for you, your whānau, or friends, email or message the Wildbase Facebook page.

For more information on Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery and how you can contribute to animal conservation, visit the website.