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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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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
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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 26 April 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

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 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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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

And magical it was. We scheduled a visit to Pukaha as it seemed our best chance of seeing kiwi on our NZ holiday. We were right. This place is special. It's informative, the native Bush is as natural as possible and wonderful to walk through....More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Hi Gill- Thank you for your super review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. It sound's like you made the most of all the experiences available at Pukaha. We will look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Decided to drop in here on the recommendation of a friend on the way home from another activity. Really glad we did. Superb food at the cafe and really relaxing wander around with a clearly-marked map. The park is beautifully appointed with lots of places...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for your great review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. It is always a difficult balance to remain true to our conservation breeding programmes and ensure our visitors have a fun filled adventure that they can also learn from. It is great to hear we...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Mount Bruce is a great place. You can go at your own pace and see all the birds in big aviaries other like the takahe on the grass from the Cafe's deck. Plenty of room and the talks are not to be missed especially the...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for your review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We agree feeding the eels is a great experience you can have at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Sitting in a cafe' and spotting one of the world's most endangered birds , The takahe is truly special. We...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

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Nicole W
26 April 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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Claire W
26 April 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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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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