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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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Address: 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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+64 6-375 8004
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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Home to Manukura, the only white kiwi in captivity, Pukaha Mount Bruce is a...

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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Of couse we had to go see the famous albino kiwi (manukura) and it was the best 'first time seeing a kiwi' experience ever! The lovely lady at the reception offered to charge us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Of couse we had to go see the famous albino kiwi (manukura) and it was the best 'first time seeing a kiwi' experience ever! The lovely lady at the reception offered to charge us $40 instead of the usual $28 per adult and although it was only a small saving, every bit counts. The staff there are so lovely and... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review of PUkaha, much appreciated. The team here are very passionate about their work and the animals in their care and it's great that you had such a lovely time with us. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We visted Pukaka Mt Bruce, Wairarapa sanctuary for the third time last week and every time we are amazed at the wonderful cheeky Kaka and our beautiful white Kiwi Manukura. Plan a visit soon... it is a beautiful place. Quiet walks through native bush, education talks, so much wonderful birdlife, a lovely cafe and wonderful friendly staff.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Wonderful that on your third visit you are still getting as much enjoyment. Our kaka certainly are cheeky and so much fun to watch. thank you for your lovely comments More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

My husband and I visited on our way to Wellington and even though we got there late on a dreary day, it was worth the time we spent there. Staff and volunteers were extremely helpful and the unique wildlife was truly spectacular. The beautiful kokako bird even seemed to think one of the volunteers (Martin) was his family and came... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and for your recommendation. We really appreciate your comments and its lovely to hear that you enjoyed meeting Kahurangi, our resident kokako. She is a delight More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Family pass was great value ($50) for four kids and two adults. Manukura, the white kiwi was definitely a highlight. We managed to fit in three talks from staff that were informative, although it was hard to hear the Tuatara talk. A better sound system would help this. We brought a picnic and were told you could eat outside the... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we're all really pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. More 

Raglan, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

An awesome experience, very suitable for kids (especially things like the eel-feeding session, seeing kiwi and the kaka feeding). Some activities are at specific times, but make your trip your own. Definitely allow some time. Be dressed for the outdoor conditions (sun-hat or raincoat!) Cafe and toilet facilities on site. A great learning opportunity for young and old alike. Fantastic... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review of Pukaha. So pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us and could recommend it to others. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Beautiful surroundings and well maintained facilities. Educational and fun. Highly recommended.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and for recommending us as a great place to visit! More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

If ever you are in New Zealand it is definitely a must place to visit. Very informative and well presented it is obvious that all the staff ave very passionate about the conservation of native wildlife.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing a review of Pukaha - all the team here are very passionate about our native wildlife and it's lovely to hear that our visitors get this vibe too! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Entry ticket a little on the pricey side, but in the end is well worth it. A beautiful, peaceful nature reserve with native birds and flora, as well as some impressive redwood trees. Plenty of talks and presentations on throughout the day, which were enjoyable and informative. Very easily laid out and simple to navigate. I did the '2 hour'... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a comprehensive review of Pukaha - we agree that the loop track can be done a lot quicker than 2 hours but we do want to encourage our visitors to take their time and see as much as possible. Clockwise certainly is the recommended way to do this loop. More 

Surabaya, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This is one of my favourite places to visit when in the Wairarapa. I have visited the park several times over the last decade and it keeps getting better and better. My advice when visiting the Kiwi house is to take a good 10 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness before trying to spot the Kiwi's. In... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review of Pukaha. It's lovely for us to get the feedback that each time you enjoy your visit more and more.. Thank you! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Went here with my family and we had a lovely day. The highlights were seeing the kokako birds (was so cool we visited them twice), feeding the eels and the kaka feeding. The kaka feeding is a wonderful experience as you can get right up close with the kaka and watch them eat. They also have lovely walking tracks. Feeding... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha - we really appreciate that. So great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and would recommend us to others. Thank you. More 

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