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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

Not that exciting. Kiwi wildlife is a bit dull with no interesting big mammals etc.

Thank AA_Gull
Reviewed 26 April 2012

Had a good time at Mount Bruce. Cafe has some delicious food and definitely worth a stop. Only place in NZ to see a couple of species of birds, unfortunately the Orange Fronter Kakariki were nowhere to be seen. Since this is a conservation minded...More

Thank Araknaz
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Quite a disappointment. many of the birds were unable to be seen. The Takahe always rate tops for me, and I did get to see them at distance. Many empty cages. While i appreciate the first aim is conservation, I found the reserve disappointing

Thank Rex S
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Says it all! Would have enjoyed it more in fine weather, as it was difficult to see the wildlife, but that's not the fault of the Centre. But the café was pretty average

Thank SweetSueNZ
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Still feels very wild and remote even though the birds are caged.

Thank KatePnz
Reviewed 8 April 2012

We enjoyed a few hours visiting the wildlife centre, however, it is expensive which would put it out of the reach of families with young children.

Thank Tinmac
Reviewed 21 March 2012

We were advised to stop off here on our drive from Napier to Wellington, because of the café. We did just that, and the café is indeed very nice. But then we paid to have a look at the nature reserve, and wished we hadn’t...More

Thank ilaj99
Reviewed 25 February 2012

excellant place to visit for young and old.Loved seeing all the bird life,kaka,takahe,manukura our white kiwi and the huge eels

Thank MastertonMar
Reviewed 17 February 2012

This was so much fun, got to see a white kiwi (how cool is that!), went for a lovely wander around the hills.

Thank KiwiRenee
Reviewed 30 January 2012

... hatched and raised here, the little white kiwis are quite rare. Mt Bruch has really upgraded its information centre and the walks around the bush and birds are lovely.

Thank LindatNewZealand
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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
9 April 2016|
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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.