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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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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

We spent there two and a half hours (and also 17$ entrance fee) and it was great. The kakas, takahes, kiwis,tuis etc. are wonderful and don't forget the tuatara. You can learn a lot of how they life in their natural environment and how they...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. We've had a great response to our kakapo exhibit - it's small so I'm glad you spotted it!

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

We stopped at the Wildlife Centre on our way to our holiday camp, and really enjoyed our visit. A friendly Kaka landed on our car roof as we got out! The weather was warm and sunny, and the bush walk was pleasantly cool and refreshing....More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Thanks for your review! We think that we have one of the best kiwi viewing experiences - and it does help that one of our kiwi is extra easy to see as she's white! Yes, the birds in the aviaries can be tricky to see...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Great day spent here - take your time to look around and join in all the 'free' feedings etc the staff put on for visitors. Tuatara feeding; eel feeding and those Kaka! Watching kiwi chicks being fed a highlight. seeing fledgling rifleman also - wonderful!...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review us and for your comments. We love doing all the feeds for visitors and sharing all our great stories. So pleased you enjoyed your visit - we promise to try not to have any more earthquakes! The damage...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We visited Pukaha early in the New Year. We had a young 5yr old with us who was kept interested and engaged with being able to see the birds up close and free flying - particularly the Kakas who were up to all sorts of...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review us - we really appreciate the feedback. We have lots of great feedback about our daily eel feed and we love sharing the wildlife here with our visitors. Hope to see you again soon!

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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

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

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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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Nicole W
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Hi- The tracks at Pukaha are pressed gravel and about 95% of the Wildlife center is wheel chair friendly. There is one small section of the aviary loop that has some stairs but you can access all of the aviaries without... More
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Claire W
26 April 2018|
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Hi- I am sorry ,Manukura the rare white kiwi is away at Wildbase Hospital. She has been quite ill and we have been quite concerned about her. You are correct that it is allowing her potential new mate Frickleton to settle... More
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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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