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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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Feed the eels

Wow great park. Definitely join the eel-feeding and volunteer to be the feeder. Great experience when they bump against your legs.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 May 2016
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Wow great park. Definitely join the eel-feeding and volunteer to be the feeder. Great experience when they bump against your legs.

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

Thank you for reviewing Pukaha. So pleased that you got to go in with our lovely eels - it certainly is a memorable experience! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Wildlife Centre on the road from Napier to Wellington. Interesting to wander through the gardens and then into the nocturnal area to see several of the kiwi birds including the white kiwi in their natural habitat. We were there at feeding time so got to see up close the feeding of one of the chicks. We also saw a tuatara... 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 write such a lovely review. Great that you saw our kiwi and also a kiwi chick being fed as part of our Operation Nest Egg programme. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Our family loved the possibility that the kiwi egg might hatch and the park is small enough that they could run back to check at least three times throughout our visit. it was exciting to see more cracks on the shell each time. The close up viewing of the little 3 week old kiwi was so cute and special and... More 

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

Great that you enjoyed your Mothers Day surprise! And thank you for your lovely review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Such a great place to see new zealands endemic wildlife. The price compared to any other bird - kiwi place in nz is very low. You have the chance to see eel and bird feedings and you support the doc. It's a great day trip. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks for your lovely review - we do think that our pricing is really reasonable and glad that you enjoyed your day with us. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Surprise discovery on the road from Wellington to Napier was the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre near Eketahuna. Reasonable entry fee, $20, wheelchair friendly and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the local wildlife! The surprise was the white female kiwi and we were delighted to see her actively chasing her brown kiwi mate around their enclosure. I've... 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. Great that you discovered us on your travels and enjoyed your time with us. We do agree that our kiwi house is pretty special. More 

Pukekohe, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

As a NZer Pukaha is a moving experience. We went to all the talks and it's tragic how our birds have struggled to survive since the introduction of predators. However, was great to see the Kiwi chick feeding - all have to be hand reared to a certain size so they have a chance against rats, stoats etc! The only... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha - it sounds like you had a great time with us and we really appreciate your comments. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Masterton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Wairarapa is a little off track for most visitors to NZ, and quite frankly those of us who live here quite like it that way - however if you are passing through you won't regret a visit to this wildlife sanctuary that just keeps getting better. Its right on the main road and has some lovely walks and a... 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 really appreciate your lovely comments and agree that our nocturnal house does give a great experience of seeing our kiwi. We also love our kaka - our 3pm feed always gets a smile from our visitors! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We spend the day at Pukaha, mixing trekking, birds watching (both free and in secluded areas) and eel feeding. The site is really well tended, like all Wellington Wild Things attraction.

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

Thanks for your lovely review of Pukaha! Great to know that you enjoyed your visit and that you've visited some of Wellington's "Wild Things" attractions. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Spent a few hours here and had a good time, lovely walk, great to see the different birds New Zealand has, loved seeing the white kiwi, never seen one before, so was great to see, lucky for us the kiwis were out and about, has a little cafe and gift shop. They have different times for feeding the animals, so... 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 write a review of Pukaha - we really appreciate the feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

This is a great place not only to visit regularly but to support. Home to a beautiful white Kiwi (you're guaranteed to see her!) and many other beloved native birds such as the soulful sounding Kokako (she usually flies down to see you), lots of cheeky Kaka, booming-winged Kereru and even Takahe. 'Giant' eels, gorgeous geckos (bias as I love... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review - great to know that you are a regular supporter - our new free flight aviary opens on May 21 so do come back and check that out next time! More 

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