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“Well worth a visit”

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 March 24, 2014

My husband and I decided to pop into Pukaha on the way to Greytown from Napier after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. It was mid week so there were few people there apart from a school group but there is plenty of space to avoid the excited kids. We found the staff to be very friendly and informative. Whilst in the kiwi enclosure one of the staff took a gecko from its box and gave us a close up look and some background on the little fellas. There were no kiwi chicks but we were able to spend a long time observing the antics of the rare white kiwi who seemed to think the brown male kiwi was fair game to chase all over the two darkened indoor enclosures which are linked by a tunnel. This was quite humorous and reminded me of a Benny Hill skit minus the music.

We quickly (due to it raining) went around the well set out bush walks which led to various bird enclosures including the Stitchbird and Kokako which we hadn't seen in any other reserve.

All in all this is a well organised facility where we were able to have lunch and take home some souveneirs from the gift shop. It's good to see the $20 entry fee going to a worthy cause. Allow at least two hours or more if you decide to take the extended bush walk.

Thank Tracey H
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - and great that you chose to come after seeing other reviews on Trip Advisor!
We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. And we agree, Manukura does spend a lot of her time chasing after Turua in the nocturnal house. We love watching and sharing their antics with our visitors.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

I was introduced to Mount Bruce in 1990 by a lovely lady named Ms. Cicely Riley of Carterton. She has since passed on but, I was an instant fan and became a "Lifetime Supporter" right then. They are doing such important work breeding the birds that would be lost forever! Well done!
You actually get to see a Kiwi up close and personal. Not to be missed is the 3PM Kaka "Circus where they feed the Kaka's that have been released. OMG! The birds come flying in so close their feathers brush your head - AMAZING!
I have visited whenever I can and am in country every few years.
Keep up your good work Mount Bruce staff!
Mark R from Denver, Colorado, USA

Thank Kiwiman86
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We really appreciate your comments and are so pleased that you enjoy visiting us. We also love the kaka circus - those birds are so cheeky and full of fun! Look forward to seeing you next time you are in New Zealand.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Called in on passing, travelling from Wellington to Napier. Spent a very happy hour and a half walking around the wildlife reserve, and really excited to see a very rare white kiwi! The breeding programme is really interesting and it is great to be there at 12.00 when they weigh the baby kiwis! Super spot for bird watching.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Thank you for writing a review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We're really pleased that you stopped on your travels and that you had such an enjoyable visit. We love seeing the kiwi chicks too - they never get boring!

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We hadn't heardof this fantastic wildlife reserve, but saw the signs when driving from Napier to Masterton, on the North Island of New Zealand. This reserve specializes in breeding for release, many local species of bird, brown kiwi, native eels and the tuartara, an ancient lizard species. Spend some time wandering the grounds along the tracks and see what you can spot - this is one place you can see a kiwi fossicing for food in the ground covers and leaves.

Thank Graeme A
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Thank you for making time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and enjoyed seeing the kiwi in the nocturnal house.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Mount Bruce has every reason to call itself NZ's National Wildlife Centre. We could only stay two hours but in that time saw takahe and tuatara being fed and the highlight, a recently hatched kiwi being introduced to its meal. All these events were backed by a really good commentary from the staff, this was not a learnt by rote spiel, but a really specific talk about what they were doing by knowledgeable people. Manukura, the two year old white kiwi, is the star of the kiwi house and not to be missed. Well worth a visit if you are anywhere near.

Thank DavidHNewPlymouthNZ
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha and for your lovely comments. The team here do love what they do and try very hard to ensure our visitors leave having had a good experience. Hopefully you will be able to stay longer than 2 hours next time - our eel feed and kaka circus are great fun too!

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