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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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Home to Manukura, the only white kiwi in captivity, Pukaha Mount Bruce is a 940 hectare unfenced wildlife reserve only 24kms north of Masterton, in Wairarapa, open every day (except 25 December) from 9am – 4.30pm. Pukaha Mount Bruce has six daily...more
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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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+64 6-375 8004
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A natural place to stop as its roughly midway between hastings and wellington. We were desperate to see a kiwi and wasn't disappointed. Enjoyed walking round the main aviaries.

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see! The white Kiwi was ADORABLE! I saw and heard many birds that I could never see in the wild. The guides there were friendly and helpful.

Thank Megan-FancyFree
Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Megan for your great review. We agree - a walk around the Pukaha forest and the aviaries at Pukaha is an educational and insightful look at New Zealand's unique flora and fauna. We will look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well curated nature centre. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The park is well laid out and marked. The animals are well cared for and in their natural environment to the best of the staff’s ability. A number of the exhibits...More

Thank Nancy C
Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review Nancy. You are correct that we have a few upgrades taking place on some of the aviaries at Pukaha. As we are a conservation breeding site the wildlife here can also get transferred to other sites or to other...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018

We have been meaning to get out here and visit - and it was worth the day outing - we spent hours in the bush with our young family, looking at birds, and lizards. Very friendly staff, amazing. Easy walking trails, pram friendly. The Kiwi...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2018

Thanks Daniel for the great review! It sounds like you and your family took in all the great activities available at Pukaha. We will look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

As with all travellers to New Zealand your trip is not complete without seeing a Kiwi!! So when we stopped at Mount Bruce we were super excited by the opportunity to maybe see a white one. We spent about 90 minutes at the reserve despite...More

Thank George C
Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2018

Hi George- Thank you for your super review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We agree seeing a kiwi while in New Zealand is a must do. We are pleased we could tick that box for you and look forward to seeing you again to enjoy all...More

Reviewed June 10, 2018

We visited Mt Bruce on a cold Saturday morning but the welcome was extremely warm and our receptionist well versed on the attractions waiting for us. We decided on lunch first at the spacious cafe and was delighted with the range of food, both cabinet...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018

Really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit at Pukaha Mount Bruce. We pride ourselves on the teams excellent visitor engagement skills. All the rangers are very passionate about what they do and we agree that is shines through. Our rare white kiwi , Manukura...More

Reviewed June 6, 2018

A lovely setting with large, well set out aviaries surrounded by natural forest. We went to a number of the talks which were presented by very knowledgeable wildlife officers. And if you are a bearded gentleman with glasses like my husband, make sure you say...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you for reviewing Pukaha Mount Bruce. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Pukaha is a special place and the conservation breeding efforts at Pukaha is something we are very proud of and enjoy sharing with visitors. It sounds like you were...More

Reviewed May 23, 2018

We stopped at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre to see the rare birds and other wildlife. It was raining but we walked around with our umbrellas and checked out the birds in their cages. Unfortunately most of the birds were hiding out of...More

Thank DarylJ552
Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2018

Thanks for reviewing Pukaha Mount Bruce. It is awesome to hear despite the rain that you stopped in to experience Pukaha. There is indeed umbrellas available for our guest use and both the gallery and nocturnal aviary are indoors. If the rains not to bad,...More

Reviewed April 28, 2018

We stayed with some lovely people in NZ who said if you want to see some native birds go to Pukaha Mount Bruce. We stopped in for a few hours and your staff was incredibly friendly and informative. We got to see your beautiful white...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Thank you for your great review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We love your style of travel- talking to the locals and exploring to find that hidden gem! We will look forward to seeing you again at Pukaha.

Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place! We started our visit watching two takahe feeding (gave me goosebumps!) then moved on to a close encounter with a Kokako - wow! The free flying aviary with Tui, bellbirds & kakariki almost within reach was surreal, then onto watching tuatara,...More

Thank BridgetRy
Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Thanks for your awesome review. It sounds like you made the most of your day at Pukaha Mount Bruce. We have had some great news regarding Manukura. It sounds like she is starting to improve! She will still be a way off full recovery. If...More

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NicoleW4354
April 26, 2018|
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Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hi- The tracks at Pukaha are pressed gravel and about 95% of the Wildlife center is wheel chair friendly. There is one small section of the aviary loop that has some stairs but you can access all of the aviaries without... More
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ClaireW3697
April 26, 2018|
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Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hi- I am sorry ,Manukura the rare white kiwi is away at Wildbase Hospital. She has been quite ill and we have been quite concerned about her. You are correct that it is allowing her potential new mate Frickleton to settle... More
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4acadia
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I've been twice, once with a guide and once without. The guide was amazing and told the stories of the birds as we went past the various enclosures and really brought it all to life. She also helped us to find the birds in... More
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