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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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Great walk and Beautiful exhibition

Had a great afternoon here - loved the feeding of the kakas and eels and thought the exhibition was stunning!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 April 2010
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2010

Had a great afternoon here - loved the feeding of the kakas and eels and thought the exhibition was stunning!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2009

We intended this to be a quick stop on our way from Napier to Wellington and ended up staying almost 3 hours, mostly in the rain. The highlights included the 1:30 feeding of the eels and the 3:30 feeding of the kakas at which you can get some great photos. The plants were also well marked. The Centre also has... More 

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