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“Good day out even in bad weather”

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
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Owner description: 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?
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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40 reviews
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“Good day out even in bad weather”
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Took the family here over the x-mas break. Had torrential rain but there was enough to do inside including great cafe, talk on tuatara and kiwi, interactive stuff for the kids. The staff lady in charge of the kiwi was a bit too military for us (shouting at people to be quiet?! while we cued to watch the kiwi) and outside it could of been helpful to let you know what cages were empty rather than us walking around in the pooring rain to find mostly empty cages but all up it was still worth it.

Visited January 2017
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Thank you for your review - we certainly have had a poor summer for weather but luckily our birds don't seem to mind the wet as much as we do. Sorry about the shouting - sometimes it's very hard to get through that in order for the kiwi to remain calm at the feeding, minimal noise is important. We'll certainly give the feedback to the team though on the tone of their delivery!
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“Great day”
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Of couse we had to go see the famous albino kiwi (manukura) and it was the best 'first time seeing a kiwi' experience ever! The lovely lady at the reception offered to charge us $40 instead of the usual $28 per adult and although it was only a small saving, every bit counts. The staff there are so lovely and kind and don't mind telling you a bit about kiwis and other interesting facts about the park and new zealand wildlife. Would definetly recommend to anyone!

Visited December 2016
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 19 January 2017
Thanks for writing a review of PUkaha, much appreciated. The team here are very passionate about their work and the animals in their care and it's great that you had such a lovely time with us.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, Masterton”
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We visted Pukaka Mt Bruce, Wairarapa sanctuary for the third time last week and every time we are amazed at the wonderful cheeky Kaka and our beautiful white Kiwi Manukura. Plan a visit soon... it is a beautiful place. Quiet walks through native bush, education talks, so much wonderful birdlife, a lovely cafe and wonderful friendly staff.

Visited January 2017
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 16 January 2017
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Wonderful that on your third visit you are still getting as much enjoyment. Our kaka certainly are cheeky and so much fun to watch. thank you for your lovely comments
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“Worth the trip!”
Reviewed 12 January 2017

My husband and I visited on our way to Wellington and even though we got there late on a dreary day, it was worth the time we spent there. Staff and volunteers were extremely helpful and the unique wildlife was truly spectacular. The beautiful kokako bird even seemed to think one of the volunteers (Martin) was his family and came right up to the fence to be fed by him. I can't say enough good things about the experience we had there. I highly recommend going.

Visited December 2016
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 16 January 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and for your recommendation. We really appreciate your comments and its lovely to hear that you enjoyed meeting Kahurangi, our resident kokako. She is a delight
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Awesome for kids and adults alike”
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Family pass was great value ($50) for four kids and two adults.

Manukura, the white kiwi was definitely a highlight. We managed to fit in three talks from staff that were informative, although it was hard to hear the Tuatara talk. A better sound system would help this.

We brought a picnic and were told you could eat outside the park on picnic tables or inside the park. There are no rubbish bins inside so you need to collect up all your rubbish and take with you - sensible advice.

It's an easy walk around and an informative and interesting experience.

Visited January 2017
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Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 10 January 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we're all really pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us.
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