Visit: Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, 85379 State Highway 2 Mount Bruce, Masterton 5881 New Zealand
Open daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is New Zealand longest-running conservation centre. Home to a variety of New Zealand birds and animals. It is the only place in the world where you can view a white kiwi.
The daily talks start at 10:30am when we feed our two Takahe - with only 300 left in the world, these flightless birds were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered just over 65 years ago.
At 11:30am you will be given the opportunity to feed a Tuatara. These animals have remained unchanged since the time of the Dinosaurs! After this at 12pm, it is time for either a Kiwi chick feed or a Gecko talk.
Around this time, you may want to head over to our Wild Cafe overlooking the Takahe enclosure for lunch.
At 1:30pm join in on an Eel feeding where we give our resident Long Fin Eels some food and discuss their amazing journeys to mate. Following this at 2:15pm, we talk about our North Island kokako - the only one in an aviary in New Zealand!
Finally, at 3pm is the Kaka circus. We give our wild native birds a snack and these cheeky parrots give our visitors a show of all their acrobatic skills.
In addition to all of this, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a 2-hour bush walk in restored native bush.
Pukaha Mount Bruce is situated right on State Highway 2 just 20 minutes north of Masterton - right in the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. There is ample parking space.