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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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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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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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Fab day out with the family

We had a great time - family friendly day out. Lovely bush clad walk - lots of birds and make sure you visit the eels. Nice patio area for a coffee in the sun

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 July 2016
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Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We had a great time - family friendly day out. Lovely bush clad walk - lots of birds and make sure you visit the eels. Nice patio area for a coffee in the sun

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review - so pleased to hear that you had a great day with us More 

Tauranga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic, family friendly day out. We saw so many birds, easy trails to walk, pram friendly. Will be coming back often.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and we do look forward to welcoming you back soon! Make sure you talk with the team when you next come about an annual membership - if you do intend to become a regular visitor, it's a great saving More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Stopped here for about two hours and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and informative and the walk was gorgeous. It is a bit out of the way, but so worth the visit, especially to sit on the terrace after your walk for a coffee or lunch. Definitely go to the talks as the rangers are very... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha. We do encourage all our visitors to check out at least one of our daily talks and our rangers certainly know their birds! And they love to share this knowledge with our visitors too. Yes, we do have plenty of umbrellas so we certainly agree - don't let the weather stop... More 

Bunnythorpe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Truly amazing place, great people, great food, reasonable prices. You need to take time out and visit this place as there is so much to see. Watch the 80 year old eels being fed and you can volunteer to feed them yourself. Excellent information from the staff on all aspects at Mount Bruce, Go see the birds as they are... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha - what lovely comments. So nice to hear that you really enjoyed visiting with us and we do hope that you can come back again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Great coffee and muffins. Nice to stop and look out at wild life. Great to walk around park especially afternoon feeding times- walk off the lunch. Good easy family friendly place to visit.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review - it's great to hear that you had an enjoyable time with us More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Having never spent time at the Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre, last Friday was the day. We went to most of the talks given by the Rangers and found the Rangers knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their conservation work. The star of the show is the kokaho in Aviary 2, not to be missed as kokaho are now very rare birds. Look... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha. Pleased that you did come and see us and had a great time. Its great that you met Kahurangi, our resident kokako - she is a bit of a star and we think she also likes the attention! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Right on the road enroute to Wellington and perfect for a stop this little centre provides you with a welcome break. Ample car parking space with toilets external and to the left to the main building. The main entrance takes you through a foyer where a small shop has various items of interest and a reception desk if you want... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

thank you for writing such a lovely review - we're really pleased that you did decide to come through the reserve. We think the kaka talk is a bit of a highlight so we are pleased that you managed to take this in. More 

Masterton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre is a wonderful day out! For locals and travellers alike. Beautiful bush walks around the tracks, viewing the Wildlife up close and personal. The new walk in cage with a multitude of wild birds flying free and singing is a joy. The staff are friendly and informative, we watched the eels being feed and... More 

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a lovely review of Pukaha - we are all so pleased to hear that you had a lovely day and enjoyed your visit with us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Had so many wonderful visits here! I do not hesitate to take friends and family when we have visitors - the evening private tours are magical and not to be missed!

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of Pukaha - how lovely to know that you enjoy bringing your family and friends to visit us. More 

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

The walk in aviary is fantastic. Birds flying past you and very used to humans. See the birds up close. The forest is full of bird song. White kiwi and kokako also on site. A great experience for family and friends. Coffee is good too. Watch the Kaka birds don't steal your food. They get close.

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha - we love our free flight aviary too! We're looking forward to sharing this awesome experience with all our visitors. More 

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