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Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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85379 State Highway 2, Masterton 5881, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I've driven past her dozens of times over the last few years and always comment about how we should stop - we finally did and it is well worth it. They are doing a great job at breeding rare NZ birds, and telling the story...More

Thank Rick M
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

The people at Mt Bruce were amazing! We were in a bit of trouble when our electric car ran out of juice and they immediately offered to help. We decided to make the most of it and were lucky enough to see the white kiwi...More

Thank Kelly A
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth the stop, spent a good 3 hours looking around, loop walk was beautiful, highlight was seeing the white kiwi right up close, cheers

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We were here on the weekend and thought it was fantastic. We did the aviary walk, ending at the free flight aviary, and then the kiwi house. There are longer bush walk options of 1hr and 2hrs, but if you have small kids or are...More

Thank esthercharlotte
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Extremely boring. Not much to see. Only saw the white kiwi bird which was not very impressive. Thought that there'll be more kiwi birds for viewing. Saw a staff smoking when clearly no smoking is allowed in that area. Disappointing, not worth $20

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is an excellent place to stop over for a couple of hours if you are driving along route 2. You get a lush bush location, a huge variety of native birds very close up - either wild nearby, in aviaries or in a super-aviary...More

Thank Pete J
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I can't believe I have never been here before. It is a real highlight if you are visiting the Manawatu. There are many beautiful native birds, trees and Manakura, the white kiwi, who came within touching distance of us in her little kiwi house. The...More

Thank Louisa G
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We are buzzing from seeing a white kiwi (feeding within 1m of us), hihi/stitchbird, kakariki, tuatara, pateke, NI kokako, kaka, tui, bellbird, longfin eels. The Centre has lovely bush and the aviaries are all within an easy 10 walk from the visitor centre / cafe....More

Thank Kay2050
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We had a glorious day to wander around Pukaha - the environment is a fantastic complement to the native NZ birds and reptiles - at one stage we were the only people in the Kiwi house and had Manukura, the rare white Kiwi all to...More

Thank Kathryn M
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

A unique mixture of aviaries (birds) and forest subject to predator control (trees). Apart from the highly publicised threatened birds that can be seen in the aviaries, there are plenty of other wildlife in the forest if you keep your eyes and ears open -...More

Thank Leon B
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review Pukaha - we love our kaka circus and they love their snacks!

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Nicole W
26 April 2018|
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Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hi- The tracks at Pukaha are pressed gravel and about 95% of the Wildlife center is wheel chair friendly. There is one small section of the aviary loop that has some stairs but you can access all of the aviaries without... More
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Claire W
26 April 2018|
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Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hi- I am sorry ,Manukura the rare white kiwi is away at Wildbase Hospital. She has been quite ill and we have been quite concerned about her. You are correct that it is allowing her potential new mate Frickleton to settle... More
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4acadia
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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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