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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Yes there were tours in the Northland's Kauri forest that proclaim you'll see Kiwis in the wild but we gathered there was no guarantee. Going south we stopped here for a cuppa in the pleasant cafe then decided to go for it, as there was...More

Thank phinaeus
Reviewed 10 November 2012

It is easy to get around even with arthritic knees. Great range of birdlife. I have been there many times and never feels crowded.

Thank Jenny R
Reviewed 1 November 2012

For years I have been telling people about this place. Its a great way to see many of NZs best birds and animals on display. A must visit

Thank Carl C
Reviewed 22 October 2012

Mt Bruce is a bird sanctuary that allows one a chance to see NZ birdlife closeup. Enjoyed the walk through the native bush looking for and listening to NZs prolofic bird life.

Thank peperi
Reviewed 25 September 2012

Although a little out of the way if you are travelling from wellington to Hawke Bay you can pass this area on SH2. Good audio visual show and very pleasant bus walks where you can see many rare native birds. Has a cafe which sells...More

Thank palmykop
Reviewed 13 September 2012

I saw a Kiwi egg about to hatch and also a white Kiwi which is quite rare. Also saw a Tuatara being fed .

Thank Joan M
Reviewed 2 September 2012

You don't have to be green to like it natural. Staff were helpful and interested in what they do and that is essential.

Thank Ian G
Reviewed 31 July 2012

They have the most amazing collection of birds and beautiful bush to walk around in. make time to be there when they are feeding the eels, it is incredible how many there are. You can also get very close to some of New Zealand's native...More

Thank Jo D
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Been there a couple of times. It's an easy walk but you should wear comfortable walking shoes. Try to time your visit during feeding times. Any rodent pests they trap get fed to the VERY large wild eels that live in the stream running through...More

Thank AII_Blacks_Fan
Reviewed 22 July 2012

A great place to see birds that you are unlikely to see anywhere else apart from sanctuaries.

Thank AudsBT
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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.