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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 1 February 2018

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

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

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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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

No matter how many times I've visited Pukaha Mount Bruce I've always enjoyed my experience, and it never gets boring. On my recent visit I timed it right to enjoy the feeding of the eels, along with the talk from the ranger. Very informative and...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Hi Lynette- Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. It sounds to us like you need an annual membership so you can visit as many times as you like in a year! There are a lot of exciting and new developments...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We took our three kids for a visit and I wish we had arrived earlier. There is a lovely bush walk that takes around two hours and then there are several aviary and plenty of talks throughout the day about the native residents of the...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you Linda for your awesome review. We agree seeing a kokako and white kiwi so close is a Pukaha Mount Bruce highlight. Even better is seeing the wild kokako as you walk the Te Arapiki 'o' Tawhaki-Lookout walk. We will look forward to seeing...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Have had this place on the bucket list for ages - lucky enough to be able to visit - a real gem - beautiful - spend the day here, explore, easy walking tracks, super helpful staff, seats to stop and enjoy - so grateful to...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for your great review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We love that we are on the "Bucket List" . We will look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We took our 14 year old daughter and 81 year old father to Pukaha yesterday and everyone had a great time. We visited all the spots on the useful guide and especially enjoyed the eels, white kiwi and kiwi chick feeding. The open aviary is...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your great review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. It sounds like you took up most of the amazing experiences available at Pukaha. We will look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Such an interesting day out. We saw a week old kiwi chick being fed, a rare white kiwi foraging about for food, fed some eels (as you do!) and that doesn’t include any of the other amazing attractions at the park. They do amazing conservation...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your great review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. Along with all the other amazing things there are to do at Pukaha, our favourite thing to hear is that people learned a lot about the conservation efforts in New Zealand. We will look forward...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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As long as you don't use a flash.
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