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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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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

This was a great visit! A walk through native bush and the chance to see very rare NZ birds in large aviaries and, if you're lucky, some of them in the wild. The DOC staff were very friendly and happy to chat with us about...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Our shorter walking track is ideal for parents with prams and Manukura is very happy in her kiwi house. So pleased you enjoyed your visit - we'd love to see you again!

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Great way to see some of NZ's iconic birds in a great setting. The bush is great and the birds outstanding - beware the kaka becoming too friendly!

Thank resurgence
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2013

Thanks so much for coming to visit! Our kaka are certainly getting cheeky at the moment - maybe it's because it's nearly spring!

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

awesome wildlife attraction North of MAsterton. home to many Kiwis and native birds it is a great place to spend some time wandering in the native forest that use to cover the majority of this area

Thank Brent G
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thanks so much for visiting. Pukaha is such a special place and we're so pleased you could share it with us!

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

A sanctuary for native birds - regrettably not fenced so the odd predator gets in but this wildlife reserve is worth a visit - do not rush it as the more time you spend there the more you will experience and gain. Great hospitality centre...More

Thank HayseedNZ
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thank you for your kind words - we love sharing our special place with visitors!

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We visited there some years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see the great work carried out there. Fortunate enough to see a Kiwi bird in it's own environment and have a chat with a Ranger that was tracking a bird with radar? Fascinating place...More

Thank TeebeeKentUK
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thanks for your comments. We currently track 11 kiwi and at the moment we know that at least 5 of them are sitting on their nests. Next generation on the way!

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Went to Pukaha last Thursday and were lucky enough to see what we needed to before a power cut of which we were pre-warned. Saw the white kiwi who had grown considerably since my last visit and it was interesting to hear that she may...More

Thank Joan M
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thanks for your comments Joan. So pleased that the littlies enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

This is an outdoor centre with bush walks and rare NZ birds. We did the walk to the lookout. This consisted of a fairly long steady climb up a wide meatled benched track. The walk requires only a normal level of fitness so long as...More

Thank MrYellowDuck
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

I couldnt beiieve my luck when I visited the Mt Bruce National wildlife centre. It was one of the best kept secrets. There are native birds in this bird sanctuary I didnt think I would ever get to see in person. DOC are doing an...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

called in here when passing and was lucky enough to see a baby kiwi getting its first feed. Great staff and very imformative

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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We visited here in a family group, grandparents, parents and five children aged from 3 to 10. As an outdoor family we enjoyed the walks - not too strenuous for the little ones. Appreciated the informative talks by the staff member who fed the takahe,...More

Thank TaiMarilyn
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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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As long as you don't use a flash.
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