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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?
  • Excellent63%
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“kiwi house” (53 reviews)
“new zealand” (38 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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+64 6-375 8004
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

We had a free visit as it was Mother's Day! But it is worth the entry fee at any time! Our Chilean boarders took me but I knew it would be a little difficult for my husband in a wheelchair, he would have been limited...More

1  Thank bellbird51
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

thank you for writing a review of Pukaha and how lovely to hear that you visited on Mothers Day when we had free entry before 10am. Great to know that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 18 May 2017

On State Highway 2, around 25 minutes drive North from Masterton. Right on the roadside, therefore easy access. This venue just keeps on getting better. We had not visited it for a few years and the 'transformation' was very noticeable. Information centre and displays very...More

1  Thank NewZealandCarver
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and recommend us to other visitors. We really recommend that people take as much time as they can to visit. Lovely to hear that you feel our continual improvement for both visitors and...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

First time back in over 25 years. Spent a delightful couple of hours here. Bird life amazing. Very well kept and informative grounds. Great inside centre with plenty of interesting information. Staff very friendly and knowledgable. Do time it when they are feeding the birds...More

Thank Rob S
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

How lovely to have you back with us after 25 years! Thank you for your review. Hope you can come back a little more often to visit.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Nice place for a stopover, saw the white kiwi bird which was really cool. Friendly staffs, Lynn even let us feed the Eels (1.30pm ) . Would be good for families. Cafe price was reasonable as well (:

Thank sam98762017
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we really like it when our guests are keen to help feed our eels!

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Great way to spend a couple of hours viewing a wide variety of indigenous species in lovely native forest- saw kiwi, kaka, kakapo, Takahe, kakariki and kokako, piwakawaka, and Ghekkos, but the tuatara and Hihi were hiding. Heard lots of tuis and watched huge eels...More

Thank MRA12016
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for writing a review of Pukaha - we really appreciate the feedback. It sounds as though you had a great time with us and we'd love to welcome you back any time

Reviewed 20 April 2017

Have been meaning to stop here for many years, so made it a priority on our way back from Welly. Arrived just in time to hear and see all about the baby kiwi. Watched the white kiwi chasing the brown kiwi, certainly move fast. We...More

Thank Adrienne F
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thanks for your review and we're really pleased that you made visiting us a priority. Great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

My brother resides by in Palmerston North took me to this wildlife centre and is well worth a visit especially if you are interested in Native New Zealand birdlife. It was fantastic to see saddle backs and a hand reared Kokako which one is unlikely...More

Thank AnnieMac16
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

thank you for your lovely review of Pukaha - really pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We arrived at 9.30am on the way to Napier, this was a perfect stop to stretch the legs and keep master 5 from going crazy. The smaller walk through the bush is beautiful, don't get your hopes up for spotting birds in the aviaries... but...More

Thank Kiwifire66
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thanks for writing a review of Pukaha - we are a great pitstop, especially for littlies as we have really safe and wide tracks for them to run around on.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Lovely bush here but try to time your visit for the talks throughout the day to get the most out of it. In summer the birds are often very quiet.eels are a must see. Cafe food is dreadful.

Thank rodjaneduncan
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. So many of our visitors agree that they love seeing the eels! Can you email me directly regarding the cafe food as I'm really keen to understand how we can rectify this - helen@pukaha.org.nz

Reviewed 11 April 2017

The weather had been lousy and the girls were due to go back to Auckland so we went prepared to get wet. When we got there the weather wasn't bad afterall. We made sure we were there in time for the eel and Kaka feeding....More

Thank Jonathan H
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Thank you for writing a review -lovely to hear that you had an enjoyable time with your grandchildren here at Pukaha.

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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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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.
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