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“visit the Kiwi”

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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?
Reviewed July 30, 2013

awesome wildlife attraction North of MAsterton.
home to many Kiwis and native birds it is a great place to spend some time wandering in the native forest that use to cover the majority of this area

Thank Brent G
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Thanks so much for visiting. Pukaha is such a special place and we're so pleased you could share it with us!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A sanctuary for native birds - regrettably not fenced so the odd predator gets in but this wildlife reserve is worth a visit - do not rush it as the more time you spend there the more you will experience and gain. Great hospitality centre with lots of information and guidance on offer. You definitely need a rain coat in wet weather conditions - and even gumboots could be useful . . . .

Thank HayseedNZ
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Thank you for your kind words - we love sharing our special place with visitors!

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We visited there some years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see the great work carried out there. Fortunate enough to see a Kiwi bird in it's own environment and have a chat with a Ranger that was tracking a bird with radar? Fascinating place to visit.

Thank TeebeeKentUK
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Thanks for your comments. We currently track 11 kiwi and at the moment we know that at least 5 of them are sitting on their nests. Next generation on the way!

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Went to Pukaha last Thursday and were lucky enough to see what we needed to before a power cut of which we were pre-warned. Saw the white kiwi who had grown considerably since my last visit and it was interesting to hear that she may well breed next year but that the likelihood of another white kiwi is very remote. My daughter-in-law and I had three littlies with us and it was entirely suitable for them all and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Thank Joan M
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Thanks for your comments Joan. So pleased that the littlies enjoyed it.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is an outdoor centre with bush walks and rare NZ birds. We did the walk to the lookout. This consisted of a fairly long steady climb up a wide meatled benched track. The walk requires only a normal level of fitness so long as an appropriately slow pace is used. There are benches regularly for those who need a rest. A complication we faced doing the loop was that the track appeared to end without warning having gone down the other side; turning this into a three hour walk since we effectively did the loop and the hill twice whilst backtracking.

The lookout from the top is over grassland to near hills with snow capped mountains as the backdrop.

A disappointment is that for much of the walk you can hear road noise. The bush itself is entirely typical of North Island bush and so you'll not see things that you can't get at other locations.

There are wild parrots to be seen in huge nesting boxes down the end of one of the tracks. There are also birds in avaries - for us it was special to see a friendly kokako singing it's signature tune. Kiwi enclosures are quite common at places like this and so we were less interested in these. The kokako was the draw card for me.

There were delicious looking chicken and leak pies at the cafe. Unfortunately they looked better than they tasted - the sauce inside was runny like a broth and really needed to be eaten like a soup.

This is a place worth a look.

Thank MrYellowDuck
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