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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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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 talks and feeds starting with takahe at 10.30, tuatara at 11.30, kiwi chick or gecko talk at 12 noon, eel feed at 1.30, kokako talk at 2.15 and kaka feed at 3pm. Visitors can see rare and endangered NZ birds in aviaries but also other NZ birds such as tui, fantail, kereru and rifleman living wild in the forest. Pukaha Mount Bruce has a kiwi house with 2 resident kiwi, an egg and chick nursery, a theatre with three short films and an interactive gallery. There is a two hour loop walk through regenerated native bush and a shorter aviary walk. If you are in a hurry, book a 1 hour guided tour or if you want to get up close and personal to NZ nature, how about a 2 1/2 hour Behind the Scenes Tour?
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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the stop, spent a good 3 hours looking around, loop walk was beautiful, highlight was seeing the white kiwi right up close, cheers

Thank dave e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here on the weekend and thought it was fantastic. We did the aviary walk, ending at the free flight aviary, and then the kiwi house. There are longer bush walk options of 1hr and 2hrs, but if you have small kids or are...More

Thank esthercharlotte
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

Extremely boring. Not much to see. Only saw the white kiwi bird which was not very impressive. Thought that there'll be more kiwi birds for viewing. Saw a staff smoking when clearly no smoking is allowed in that area. Disappointing, not worth $20

Thank Pei Wen L
Reviewed August 14, 2017

This is an excellent place to stop over for a couple of hours if you are driving along route 2. You get a lush bush location, a huge variety of native birds very close up - either wild nearby, in aviaries or in a super-aviary...More

Thank Pete J
Reviewed August 8, 2017

I can't believe I have never been here before. It is a real highlight if you are visiting the Manawatu. There are many beautiful native birds, trees and Manakura, the white kiwi, who came within touching distance of us in her little kiwi house. The...More

Thank Louisa G
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

We are buzzing from seeing a white kiwi (feeding within 1m of us), hihi/stitchbird, kakariki, tuatara, pateke, NI kokako, kaka, tui, bellbird, longfin eels. The Centre has lovely bush and the aviaries are all within an easy 10 walk from the visitor centre / cafe....More

Thank Kay2050
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We had a glorious day to wander around Pukaha - the environment is a fantastic complement to the native NZ birds and reptiles - at one stage we were the only people in the Kiwi house and had Manukura, the rare white Kiwi all to...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

A unique mixture of aviaries (birds) and forest subject to predator control (trees). Apart from the highly publicised threatened birds that can be seen in the aviaries, there are plenty of other wildlife in the forest if you keep your eyes and ears open -...More

Thank Leon B
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha - we love our kaka circus and they love their snacks!

Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Five of us out for a drive and headed to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. We arrived just in time to hear the talk on the Takahe, and it wasn't just a talk we were able to see the pair in their enclosure, what...More

Thank RacJac
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2017

Great that you had a lovely road trip and came to visit! Our takahe are very precious - and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your cake stop too..

Reviewed June 25, 2017

Entry is not cheap BUT the money goes to such a good cause and the place really does educate. We enjoyed hearing from the knowledgeable staff and seeing the kiwis - especially the white one. The 2km walk (4.5km if you do the circular return...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha. So pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that you feel that our $20 entry fee is going to a good cause.

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Response from Clare B | Reviewed this property |
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
April 8, 2016|
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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.