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“Best kiwi house experience in New Zealand”

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 April 15, 2014

Don't bother with any others - go to the kiwi house at Pukaha - without fail there are active kiwis to see (including the very charming white kiwi). There is also a fabulous bush walk, great bird feeding opportunities and many more eels to spot than at Rainbow Springs - and probably a quarter of the price! Recommend finding out the times feeding occurs and structure your visit around that. Yummy cafe too.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2014

Thank you for writing a review of Pukaha Mount Bruce and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We've got 6 daily talks every day so I'm pleased you were able to enjoy them.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Who would have thought that the public would ever be able to see a white kiwi?
Pukaha Mount Bruce is unique in that it is now possible. A great experience for all the family. Be prepared with jackets and brollies though, because it is often wet. Kids love hand feeding the eels, and watching the tuatara up close.

Thank Dale L
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha. Yes , it often rains here but plenty of our attractions are either inside or well sheltered . But shoes and an umbrella can be a great addition from April through to October. We do have umbrellas for guests to use as well. Pleased to know you had a great visit.

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We spent the afternoon at Pukaha this past weekend. We've been before but that was over 20 years ago so a return visit was long overdue for us. It's a great place to experience. Friendly, informative staff with easy walking paths to view the aviaries and viewing areas. We saw a white kiwi and that was a first for us and a real highlight. She's big and lively! Their resident Kokako is a rare bird to see up close and she's very special. Friendly and talkative with a great wolf-whistle too. This is a great place to spend a few hours seeing some marvelous native species up close. Lunch at the cafe was also great with plenty of tasty, healthy vegetarian choices that we really enjoyed. Recommended.

Thank VWKiwiFan
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We are all so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us - I will pass on your comments about the food to our café - they do a great job. We'd love to see you again - maybe don't leave it another 20 years until you come back though!

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

I spent a most enthralling day at Pukaha, I was obviously attracted by the prospect of seeing kiwi and they were amazing, fascinating to watch them foraging and interacting with each other in both of their enclosures. The kiwi house is brilliant, the other highlights in it were the Tuatara and the lab area along with the interesting and informative short films that run on a loop give great information and context to the incredibly valuable work being done here. However this is far from the only reason you should go. A beautiful place where you can see many other rare and endangered species. The bird enclosures are large and well vegetated so I expected not to be able to see all the birds in them however standing quietly for a few minutes does the trick and I have good views of all of the species and missed none of them. The feeding times and talks are a must as well. It is a lovely setting and the staff/volunteers are exceptionally friendly and helpful and obviously very dedicated. As if all if the above is not reason enough they have a lovely cafe serving great tasty food.

Thank Trav1234562014
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive, and wonderful, review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. It is fantastic for us to know that you had a great day with us and your feedback will be shared around the team here. We hope that many more people will enjoy themselves with us too and really look forward to welcoming them here. Thanks again.

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went here on an Ingress portal car trip, and spent a couple of hours walking around the Centre. We arrived early enough to hear the takahe talk, and happened to be in the kiwi house when the gecko talk was given.

Thank Michelle J
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we really appreciate the feedback.

We really enjoy giving talks to our visitors telling some of the great stories we have about New Zealand native wildlife. With 6 talks daily, we hope that everyone gets an opportunity to hear about our fun and interesting animals at Pukaha and our aims for restoration and restoring birdsong to the bush.

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