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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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Thank Angela A
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We popped into here on the way from Napier to Wellington as it's a good natural break. Toilets and a cafe help. The Centre focuses on birds and has a great interest in the kiwi. We managed to see the white kiwi. Very active and...More

2  Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Brilliant experience to walk in among the native trees, and view the beautiful native birds of New Zealand close up. Outstanding work has been done by the conservationists. A must visit, and we recommend, and will return.

1  Thank Kate S
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We took our German exchange students here to see the new zealand wildlife. The kokako was awesome, she talked to us and wolf whistled, the kakas were cheeky, saw the white kiwi Manukura and fed the giant black eels. It's not an adventurous day out...More

1  Thank mudford91
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I've driven past her dozens of times over the last few years and always comment about how we should stop - we finally did and it is well worth it. They are doing a great job at breeding rare NZ birds, and telling the story...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The people at Mt Bruce were amazing! We were in a bit of trouble when our electric car ran out of juice and they immediately offered to help. We decided to make the most of it and were lucky enough to see the white kiwi...More

Thank Kelly A
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth the stop, spent a good 3 hours looking around, loop walk was beautiful, highlight was seeing the white kiwi right up close, cheers

Thank dave e
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We were here on the weekend and thought it was fantastic. We did the aviary walk, ending at the free flight aviary, and then the kiwi house. There are longer bush walk options of 1hr and 2hrs, but if you have small kids or are...More

Thank esthercharlotte
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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
9 April 2016|
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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.