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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

A lovely place to visit with plenty of parking. Paths are well signed and all aviaries are marked with names of inhabitants. Unfortunately they contain so much vegetation that it was almost impossible to actually see them. The bush walks are a delight particularly on...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We know that the vegetation in the aviaries does make it difficult to see the birds at times. We try to make sure that our birds are comfortable enough in the avairies to...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Pukaha Mt Bruce amazing white kiwi, so special and wonderful interaction with other native birds too. Kiwi hatchery and big kiwi egg in the incubator wow. Tuatara so prehistoric and amazing. Little Jake got to feed the eels ...mmm...big fat long fin eels. Cheeky kaka...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Thanks for your review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. I'll pass on your comments to the cafe - we love the coffee and food here too! The kaka certainly are cheeky and are making sure that ALL our visitors are taking notice...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Yesterday we went to Pukaha Mt Bruce. I took a friend and it was so well worth going to. Plenty parking places, we saw the tuatara being fed. Their little tongues look like red jelly. the white kiwi was my highlight of the trip and...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Thanks for taking the time to post a review! So pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope you come back soon for another visit!

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We went to Mt Bruce with parents and our 3 yr old, had a lovely day out. Saw the white kiwi, Makura, Tuatara and Kaka's dive bombed us and let us get really close. We had a picnic lunch at the picnic tables and saw...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review us. We love having families here at Pukaha Mount Bruce - and until Jan 26 we are running 'Discover Pukaha' where you travel around the reserve getting stamps at certain special spots. At the end of your visit,...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

My partner and I really enjoyed our visit to this wild life centre. This centre is well sign posted and has plenty of parking and clean toliets. The entrance staff member was very knowledgeable and was able to point out key sites on the map....More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2013

Thanks for your lovely comments - we're particularly pleased you commented on the clean toilets as they are brand new and we're really happy with how great they look.

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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Pukaha is all that one would wish oneself with a cafe which sells excellent food and drinks with exceptionally friendly staff,a theatre where you can see and learn about New Zealand's past and perhaps more importantly facillities where native bird life can be observed.New Zealand's...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2013

Thank you for your review - we love it at Pukaha Mount Bruce and enjoy sharing this wonderful place with our visitors. Yes, our cheeky wild kaka are currently very curious and will follow people around the reserve, sometimes a bit too closely!

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

we travelled as part of a school trip to this wonderful facility, the staff were great, the were incredibly patient with the children and all the questions, it was fantastic to have an informative host and the ability to be able to ask lots of...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We really enjoy school and group visits. I'm pleased you had time to go back and have another look at the eels and kiwi.

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Pukaha Mount Bruce complex is situated a section of native forest (most of which was cleared to create farmland in the 1880s). Predator-proof fencing encloses the "controlled bush enclosure", but few visitors find the wire-netting obstructive, as birds are searched for in the small trees....More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce - I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit, especially the kaka feed - we call it the kaka circus as we think that the kaka are true clowns!

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

A lovely walk through the bush and to experience the kiwi (especially the white one who is very inquisitive) and the feeding of the kaka. The café is very good too. An all-round good outing.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Thank you for your review - we're so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Pukaha Mount Bruce. We'll pass on your comments to the cafe staff too - they do provide a fantastic service!

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Lovely walks through bush - great information - excellent cafe. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Thank you for your kind words - we all love working here at Pukaha Mount Bruce and it's nice to see that the staff's passion for their work is rubbing off on our visitors!

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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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As long as you don't use a flash.
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