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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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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I love Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, it's the best little spot for checking out birds that you would normally struggle to see in the bush in NZ these days. Such a fantastic resource, well worth the stop.

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Hi Glenda- Thanks for the great review. We also think Pukaha is a special place. We will look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Having heard so much about Pukaha, I was disappointed to find only one kiwi on display when we visited at Christmas. We did the full walk up the hill & really enjoyed the bush & the birds. They are doing a great job with pest...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre. We agree the bush walk up the Te Arapiki 'o' Tawhaki Lookout is a super bush walk. Just like other kiwi houses in NZ you can only have 1 kiwi or a...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend a visit here. We did the two hour walk then had lunch at the cafe on the takahe terrace followed by visiting the closer attractions. Loved seeing the white kiwi, kokako, kea, tuatara, takehe. So many rare birds in one place. A must...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thanks Jen for your awesome review . Great to hear you tackled the lookout walk, it is an amazing view from the top. We will look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

This is a nice stopover if you need a break. It is not a must do kind of thing. They have a brown Kiwi that is really white in color due to genetics. The Ranger talk at noon in the Kiwi House was informative. There...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thanks Libby for your great review. Pukaha is the only place you can see a white feathered kiwi and we also have the only North Island Kokako in aviary in New Zealand. Did you have a go helping to feed the eels at the daily...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 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 19 February 2018

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 12 February 2018

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 14 February 2018

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 11 February 2018

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

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 9 February 2018

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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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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