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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 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 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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Reviewed 6 January 2018

While we got to see the albino kiwi and the giant eels, for one reason or another we couldn't see much else. Some of the exhibits were closed, most were overgrown and couldn't see any of the birds. Canopy walk is beautiful, but this place...More

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

Hi Nicole- Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha. We agree seeing Manukura, the rare white kiwi and getting the opportunity to feed huge long fin eels are great experiences. We are sorry to hear you don't feel that you got the most of...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Pukaha has 942 Hectares of lowland forest and a great selection of Birds to be viewed including the Manukura, a small white Kiwi the Kereru, the largest New Zealand Pigeon, kokako, the Piwakawaka and so many more interesting Birds. A superb place to visit for...More

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Laura H, Guest Relations Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you so much for your great review. It sounds like you had an excellent day of wildlife spotting with your family. We will look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

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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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