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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?
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“kiwi house” (49 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
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 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...More

Thank BrendaBr
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

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

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...More

Thank Nicholas W
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

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

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...More

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

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

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...More

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

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

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.

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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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