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Pūkaha General Admission Ticket

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    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.
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    Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

    This is an amazing little oasis in the Wairarapa. The dedication of so many people has resulted in an amazing sanctuary. The gallery has some really clever visual depictions of life in the past and it was fabulous to get out of the car, stretch...More

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    pukaha, General Manager at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

    Kia ora, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that your six year old had such a great time! We hope to see you again!

    Reviewed April 11, 2019

    On our visit to Wellington one of my friends took us to Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife centre. Because she sorted out all tickets etc I am not able to comment on that but I can comment on our amazing experience! We went from Wellington...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    pukaha, General Manager at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

    Kia ora, thank you for such an informative review! I am sure it will be a great help to many readers. We are happy to hear that you and your family had such a great experience and we hope to see you again if you...More

    Reviewed April 6, 2019

    Behind the scenes tour bargain and best way to be immersed into the important work done here. I am a career naturalist from Alaska and after 6 weeks in NZ would still put this at the top of the list of MUST sees. Staff and...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    pukaha, General Manager at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

    Kia ora Melonie, thank your for your review and such positive feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your trip and even got to see Manukura dancing - now that's a rare treat! We are looking forward to seeing you back here in the future.

    Reviewed March 13, 2019

    We spent a couple of hours here on a Sunday morning, having spent the night in the Mount Bruce area. We are not fans of zoos, but were impressed by the Pukaha centre with its main focus on protecting NZ’s rare species. We enjoyed walking...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    pukaha, General Manager at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

    Kia ora, thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that our message resonated with you and that you enjoyed our talks during your visit. Maybe we will see you again? Ngā mihi!

    Reviewed January 30, 2019

    The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, and told us what was good for us to see on the day we went. Manukura the white kiwi was very active and it was such a treat to see her. Kahurangi the kōkako loves men with beards,...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Ngutukaka
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