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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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“kiwi house” (53 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
+64 6-375 8004
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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
Reviewed 4 July 2012

The bush is gorgeous and the tracks easy with a pram. The kaka circus at 3pm is hilarious and worthwhile. Little ones enjoy it too. The cafe is very good these days and it is good to make it part of the whole experience. The...More

Thank KMBH01
Reviewed 9 June 2012

Great place, very interesting, great to see the white Kiwis. Just a shame it's so hard to see many of the outdoor birds! Too well hidden in their bush pens.

Thank Jenny E
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Stopped in on the way to Wellington via the Wairarapa - a few of the aviary cages empty but still plenty to see - loved the eel feeding and also the kakas. Coffee at the visitors centre was fantastic too!

Thank Pip F
Reviewed 9 May 2012

Not that exciting. Kiwi wildlife is a bit dull with no interesting big mammals etc.

Thank AA_Gull
Reviewed 26 April 2012

Had a good time at Mount Bruce. Cafe has some delicious food and definitely worth a stop. Only place in NZ to see a couple of species of birds, unfortunately the Orange Fronter Kakariki were nowhere to be seen. Since this is a conservation minded...More

Thank Araknaz
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Quite a disappointment. many of the birds were unable to be seen. The Takahe always rate tops for me, and I did get to see them at distance. Many empty cages. While i appreciate the first aim is conservation, I found the reserve disappointing

Thank Rex S
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Says it all! Would have enjoyed it more in fine weather, as it was difficult to see the wildlife, but that's not the fault of the Centre. But the café was pretty average

Thank SweetSueNZ
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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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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.