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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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Address: 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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+64 6-375 8004
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

Home to Manukura, the only white kiwi in captivity, Pukaha Mount Bruce is a...

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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A 'must visit' when you're travelling on that road north from Wellington and the Wairarapa

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... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2012
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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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.

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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 see birds and nature you can only see here (yes maybe in the whole of... More 

Thank Florian254
Eketahuna, New Zealand
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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

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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.

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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The only real reason to stop at Mt Bruce is to see kiwi in the Kiwi House they have there. I was dispappointed at the distinct lack of birdlife in the many aviaries they have there. At $20 per person, it seemed a bit overpriced when the only real attraction was peering through the dark to see a kiwi in... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

If you have a couple of hours while traveling through the Wairarapa you have to stop at Mt Bruce, lots of native birds to see and hear, a great easy walk through native bush on sealed paths.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

on the drive from palmy. a good rests top and the walk (40mins) is super so green and the birds sound lovely. i didn't see them mind! recommend.

Thank mckeeWTN
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

Nice place and got to see a Kiwi and Kaka. That said somewhat overpriced at $20 per person and better things to do in the area that are free

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Reviewed 27 December 2010

Half the cages were empty the kiwi house was being rebuilt so u couldn't see then either there was nothing to see really. The walk around the park was nice but I wouldn't spend $15 to do There is heaps of great things to do in the area that costs way less and is better value for money.

Thank Michelle1610
Wauchope, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

You can find Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre on State highway 2, about 30 kilometres north of Masterton and 10 km south of Eketahuna. Its a lovely rural park with native bird captive and wild. We Saw a fe wild Tui birds and mistle thrudh along the streams. At 3pm as a course of habit wild Kaka (parrot like) brds... More 

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