Pukekura is the smallest town on the entire west coast of New Zealand’s South Island – permanent population, drum roll… two! For about 30 years this was the home of the famous and historic Puke Pub (which allowed deer to wander in and out) and the Wild Game Restaurant across the street which serves a variety of Road Kill Grills, including possum, and their famous possum pie.
NOTE: Unfortunately the owners, Pete & Justine have since closed this unique establishment. They used to always be here, serving food in the Puke Pub or behind the bar delivering drinks. We keep our notes here for nostalgia purposes only.
If you eat a possum pie, you will be helping out the New Zealand environment as this “introduced” critter does severe damage to the forests. One has certainly never seen such a variety of eclectic food items along with very humorous quotes scattered around inside the restaurant and pub (see photo below for some of the quotes contained within the Wild Game Restaurant).
The pub looks like an old western mining cabin, with old relics scattered throughout. Notice the coin collection from countries around the world. We have included a photograph below which shows the variety of coins in their collection. If you have coins that are missing from this list, by all means bring them with you and donate them to the Puke Pub.
Aside from the Pub and Restaurant there is also good fishing, hunting and gold mining in the local area. This is a rain forest, so expect rain – try out one of the Rain Forest Bush Walks. Visitors can stay overnight in Pukura. Camping, luxury tents, cabins and several camper van hookups are available.
The Bank of Pukekura Exchange Rates & details
On left: bring them coins from countries they do not have already