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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
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Thank Steve L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The visit to the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center was very disappointing. We came to see the white Kiwi, but when we were at the counter after a long drive, we were told the White Kiwi was away for a check-up at the health...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha. We agree seeing Manukura , our rare white kiwi is a special experience but she is a live animal and requires health checks and vet visits to maintain her good health. Manukura's current vet visit is also...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our walk through the rainforest of this bird sanctuary. We saw a number of beautiful birds both in enclosures and flying free. We didn't manage to see the kiwi but we were still glad we visited. Remember that this is primarily a...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha, National Wildlife Centre. We agree that the Pukaha forest is special place. Seeing some of New Zealand's unique wildlife in their natural habitat is pretty awesome. Our kiwi are in an exciting phase with a new potential...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately we didn't have much time here, as we were on a tight schedule to return our hire car in Wellington. We arrived just in time to be roped into the eel feeding... That said, it was interesting. The main part of the centre is...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing Pukaha Mount Bruce. You can definitely spend the whole day if time allows. With 7 daily wildlife talks, the kiwi house, free flight-walk-through aviary and the awesome Te Arapiki o Tawhaki lookout walk there is plenty to do at Pukaha. We will...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just got to the Center before the rain started and had a great time. Kids and adults will love this place for the birds, eels and interesting walking trail. A few things were shuttered but that did not detract from the good visit.More

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Laura H, Public Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi -Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We are pleased to hear you had a super visit. We do have 2 projects in the "works" phase at Pukaha, our amazing new critter area and a kiwi creche area. We are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very excited to head off here but was very disappointed. The day started well with an informative introduction in the entrance building but from there it went downhill. The kiwi house gave exactly as it promised - you got to see the white kiwi...More

1  Thank Miss C
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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 taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. As an active conservation breeding centre it is vital that our aviaries mimic the environment that the birds will live in once they...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My advice would be - don't bother! Apart from a very interesting talk on Tuataras by someone who was obviously very passionate about them, we hardly saw anything. Most of the aviaries appeared to be empty - we saw 1 stitchbird plus some eels in...More

1  Thank Linda S
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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Linda- Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha. We agree listening to our 7 daily wildlife talks by our rangers is a great way to see the wildlife and hear about them...More

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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
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As long as you don't use a flash.
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