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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 yesterday

Entry is not cheap BUT the money goes to such a good cause and the place really does educate. We enjoyed hearing from the knowledgeable staff and seeing the kiwis - especially the white one. The 2km walk (4.5km if you do the circular return...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent most of the day here. Excellent talks by staff an volunteers about the Kiwi, Tuatara long fin eels etc. After seeing the birds went for a hike on the tail to the top of the mountain, approx 4K but beware 2k uphill and 2k...More

Thank QP2013
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for writing a review of Pukaha - lovely to hear that you enjoyed your day with us and also took the time to go up our loop track. The view is certainly worth it!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of my 50years, seeing a white kiwi, beautiful, amazing and a great visit. To all bird lovers out there this is a MUST!!! Lots to do in the wairarapa, wellington if you are there.

1  Thank Lisa F
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing a lovely review and it's wonderful to know that a visit with us was such a highlight for you. We'd love to have you back again some time.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing place to visit and the guides really knew their information. Would visit it again 100% The walk was amazing and the birds were fabulous especially the koko that was my highlight also the kiwi she was very cute and it was cool...More

Thank Bianca T
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review as we really appreciate the feedback. Great to know that you saw everything you wanted to and enjoyed your day.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a free visit as it was Mother's Day! But it is worth the entry fee at any time! Our Chilean boarders took me but I knew it would be a little difficult for my husband in a wheelchair, he would have been limited...More

Thank bellbird51
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thank you for writing a review of Pukaha and how lovely to hear that you visited on Mothers Day when we had free entry before 10am. Great to know that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 18 May 2017

On State Highway 2, around 25 minutes drive North from Masterton. Right on the roadside, therefore easy access. This venue just keeps on getting better. We had not visited it for a few years and the 'transformation' was very noticeable. Information centre and displays very...More

1  Thank NewZealandCarver
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pukaha and recommend us to other visitors. We really recommend that people take as much time as they can to visit. Lovely to hear that you feel our continual improvement for both visitors and...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

First time back in over 25 years. Spent a delightful couple of hours here. Bird life amazing. Very well kept and informative grounds. Great inside centre with plenty of interesting information. Staff very friendly and knowledgable. Do time it when they are feeding the birds...More

Thank Rob S
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

How lovely to have you back with us after 25 years! Thank you for your review. Hope you can come back a little more often to visit.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Nice place for a stopover, saw the white kiwi bird which was really cool. Friendly staffs, Lynn even let us feed the Eels (1.30pm ) . Would be good for families. Cafe price was reasonable as well (:

Thank sam98762017
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we really like it when our guests are keen to help feed our eels!

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Great way to spend a couple of hours viewing a wide variety of indigenous species in lovely native forest- saw kiwi, kaka, kakapo, Takahe, kakariki and kokako, piwakawaka, and Ghekkos, but the tuatara and Hihi were hiding. Heard lots of tuis and watched huge eels...More

Thank MRA12016
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for writing a review of Pukaha - we really appreciate the feedback. It sounds as though you had a great time with us and we'd love to welcome you back any time

Reviewed 20 April 2017

Have been meaning to stop here for many years, so made it a priority on our way back from Welly. Arrived just in time to hear and see all about the baby kiwi. Watched the white kiwi chasing the brown kiwi, certainly move fast. We...More

Thank Adrienne F
Helen T, General Manager at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thanks for your review and we're really pleased that you made visiting us a priority. Great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.

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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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