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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

#1 of 5 Outdoor Activities in Masterton Features Animals
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?
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“kiwi house” (49 reviews)
“kaka” (83 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
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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 6 January 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Simon K
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

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

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.

Thank SJayC1977
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

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!

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...More

Thank EG27
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank dfbraithwaite
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

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!

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...More

Thank Emma O
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

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.

Reviewed 21 December 2016

I was drawn to this place as a way of reminding me that I am a Kiwi at heart. Living in South Africa, a very annoying facet is that people and the retail sector refer to kiwifruit as kiwis. A kiwi is actually a bird,...More

Thank Philippa D
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha - we're really pleased that you were able to see both our kiwi and enjoy also all the other birds and animals on site.

Reviewed 12 December 2016

We took a one hour tour of Puhaka and had a terrific time. There isn't nearly as much to see as in Zealandia, but the guide was excellent and extremely knowledgable. Unfortunately, the kiwis were away from there was kiwi egg ready to hatch --...More

1  Thank Jeffrey J
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we agree that it was unfortunate that both our adult kiwi were not in the nocturnal house when you visited. This was the only time that we've had both out at the same time...More

Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Worth heading to Wellington down SH 2 just to visit Mt Bruce. Great displays and wonderful bush experience listening to and watching some of NZ's diverse bird life. Feed the Kaka or eels and enjoy the food and coffee in the cafe.More

Thank adeejay
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we really appreciate the feedback. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed our time with us and we're also really pleased that you chose SH2 as well! There's a whole lot to do down this...More

Reviewed 29 November 2016

The land, what they've done to preserve it, and the efforts to keep indigenous New Zealand species alive is amazing. It's just so beautiful to walk through the wildlife grounds/rain forest ... and then to get to see the birds and all the fun things...More

Thank WineSellarBrasserie
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2016

thank you for your lovely review - so pleased that you had a great time with us and we do hope that we will see you again some time.

Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We had high expectations for this wildlife sanctuary and we were a bit disappointed. The cafe was nice and had the Kaka (local parrots) present. The kiwi house was the main attraction and it was nice. The rest was disappointing. Several of the aviaries were...More

Thank Jack D
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha. Sorry to hear that you were a bit disappointed with your visit. Only one of our aviaries is empty at present and that is so that it can regenerate after our kaka juveniles tore it up...More

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4acadia
Another couple questions: 1. What's a fair amount of time to set aside for the Center? 2. Has anyone done the Behind the Scenes Tour? What did it include? Do you get to see the kiwi closer? Can you choose what you get to do or is it set? Thanks so much!
18 July 2016|
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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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4acadia
Hi . I feel like this is obvious from pics, but want to verify - you can take photos of the kiwis? In many places you can't, so I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
9 April 2016|
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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.
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