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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

#1 of 5 Outdoor Activities in Masterton Features Animals
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 18 October 2016

MtBruce is rather a scientific facility than an entertainment farm, so you are not allowed to feed or touch the birds there, like in Staglands or Nga Manu. However, it is the only place where you can see a rare white kiwi very close and...More

Thank Natalia S
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. You are right in that we don't allow feeding of our birds as they are mostly part of a breeding programmes for rare and endangered birds. Great that you saw our little white kiwi, Manukura,...More

Reviewed 16 October 2016

We went really early, pretty much as they opened, and it had been raining, so not surprising at all that the birds and animals were a bit quiet. The Free flight aviary didnt appear to be quite finished but will be great once a bit...More

Thank Danice H
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha. We have had some wet spring weather recently but there is the idea that NZ has weather which includes 'four seasons in one day'. Although our aviary is finished, it was only opened...More

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Pukaha is a MUST visit. Absolutely sensational. Incredible walks and amazing scenery. The diversity of birds is remarkable. The love, care and passion that goes into running this reserve is clearly evident. The kiwi house if fantastic. Not many places in the world where you...More

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Thank you for your wonderful review of Pukaha. Every person who works and volunteers here feels as you do about our wonderful wildlife. It is our great pleasure to be able to share it with our visitors. Thank you, as your visit helps us as...More

Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped for a lunch break on the route from Wellington to Napier. The cafe had good coffee and sandwiches. They happily made gluten free toasted sandwiches. Lovely to see kakas and takahes as from the cafe deck and the kakas come very close! Highlight...More

Thank Jena39
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and our cafe. The kaka are particularly cheeky during spring and will certainly help themselves to your lunch if they can. So glad that you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Tucked away in the Manawatu is this lovely spot. Feels good from the moment you pull into the parking lot. The information centre has plenty of information to get you started and the staff are friendly and helpful. Walking around the reserve through a lovely...More

Thank hmt002
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Thanks for writing such a lovely review of Pukaha and we are all so very pleased that you enjoyed your day with us.

Reviewed 14 September 2016

What a wonderful place this is to visit and what an amazing job Claire and the team are doing to salvage a special piece of New Zealand. Seeing the Kiwi and especially a white kiwi in their own environment, feeding the eels and hearing the...More

Thank DelphiWhangarei
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Claire is one of our amazing team members who works so hard to ensure that our visitors have a wonderful experience with us. Thanks again

Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Arrived at opening and impressed by the helpful, friendly staff. Needed to spend time at the beginning to read all the information . Well worth listening to the free talks- guide Adrian was full of facts and stories. Loop walk of 1.5 hrs well worth...More

1  Thank Henrietta E
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2016

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. All the team here are really keen to share stories and it's great that you found the talks worthwhile.

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I spent there 3 months as trainee in 2006. If you want to have the chance to see the rare kiwi bird, this is the place to be! You also can see the rare Takahe, Kaka or Tui

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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for your review! I'm sure things have changed a lot since 2006 although we're still really focussed on working to save rare and endangered NZ native birds as well as sharing this with our visitors.

Reviewed 7 August 2016

We recently stopped off at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre en route from Wellington to Napier. Despite the rainy weather, it was well worth the stop off (umbrellas are provided). The park is absolutely beautiful - many beautiful hiking tracks and aviaries. We absolutely...More

Thank belsi
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and would recommend it on to others. Thank you.

Reviewed 5 August 2016

Mount Bruce is very well known for its efforts to maintain New Zealand wildlife especially the kiwi. I suggest that all make an effort to visit this establishment. I was there on a wet day but wet weather gear & umbrellas are provided - I...More

Thank Gerald B
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

Thank you for writing such a lovely review of Pukaha. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you had a great experience with our kokako. She is a bit of a showoff and does enjoy entertaining our visitors!

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4acadia
Another couple questions: 1. What's a fair amount of time to set aside for the Center? 2. Has anyone done the Behind the Scenes Tour? What did it include? Do you get to see the kiwi closer? Can you choose what you get to do or is it set? Thanks so much!
18 July 2016|
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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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4acadia
Hi . I feel like this is obvious from pics, but want to verify - you can take photos of the kiwis? In many places you can't, so I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
9 April 2016|
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Response from alan h | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't use a flash.
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