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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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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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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
Reviewed 27 January 2012

The work Mt Bruce is doing to protect Kiwi and other endangered species is fantastic. Overseas-ers might say .... just another conservation park. No. What these people are doing is fantastic. I stop there every time I drive that road.

Thank wptnz
Reviewed 27 January 2012

Going in between Wellington and Napier you can hardly miss this, just about one hour out of Wellington along the 2. A s a European or US tourist, think about it: You are half the world away from your home and have the chance to...More

Thank Florian254
Reviewed 23 January 2012

Great birds, a fantastic conservation record and now 2 white kiwis. The cafe is a bit expensive but there is plenty of seating outside so bring a picnic

Thank ekebabe
Reviewed 10 January 2012

New visiotrs centre is nice, nice having coffee and watching the takahe puddle about in their enclosure. Seeing the kokako was an amazing thing for me. The only place I have consistently been able to see kiwi.

Thank nzvegan
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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
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.