Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre SH2, Masterton view on map
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
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  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
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  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Our 942-hectare forest is home to wild kokako and kaka, while inside our aviaries we breed endangered birds for release across Aotearoa New Zealand.

On your visit you will learn about our conservation work and possibly see birds with their chicks in the aviaries. You may also come across wild birds in the forest such as the titipounamu (rifleman), karearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kereru (wood pigeon). You may also see advocacy birds like Manukura the white kiwi and Kahurangi the kokako. Refuel in the Kaka Café with some fresh kai overlooking the takahe.
Pukaha (at Mount Bruce) has been breeding wildlife since the early 1960s and is a partnership between Rangitane o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation. We are a non-profit and all proceeds go back into our conservation projects.

We hold the following daily talks, free with every entrance ticket:
11:00 am Reptiles and Forgotten Fauna
12:00 pm Kiwi
1:30 pm Longfin Eel
3:00 pm Kaka

Note that last entry is at 5:00pm (summer) and 3:30pm (winter). Access to the loop lookout track closes at 4:00pm (summer) and 2:30pm (winter).

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • My grandson (10 yrs) really enjoyed the experience, had an abundance of questions and found the day exciting. The staff who took us around were so great and made it a special day. I have been recommending this experience to my friends. 5
    BERKETT LAUREL - Jul 23, 2018 (Stayed Jul 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi- Thank you for your great review of our Behind the Scenes tour. Our rangers love sharing their passion about New Zealand's unique flora and fauna. Great to hear that all ages can relate and appreciate this awesome guided tour.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • We had a fantastic time, our guide was knowledgeable and extremely passionate about Mt Bruce. We had a great time , just a pity manukura was ill. Hope for a speedy recovery, we will be back to explore more. thanks 4
    TREVOR STRANG - Apr 28, 2018 (Stayed Apr 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Trevor- Thanks for taking the time to review Pukaha Mount Bruce. We are pleased you enjoyed your guided tour with a Pukaha ranger. It is a great way to learn all about our many conservation breeding programs and the amazing wildlife at Pukaha. We are also very disappointed Manukura, the rare white kiwi is away and not well. We have had some encouraging news about her health and are hopeful for a full recovery. Unfortunately probably not a speedy recovery. We will look forward to seeing you again. Thank you.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Our guide was interesting - as there was only the two of us with our guide we were able to ask all our questions and we enjoyed our whole day at Mt Bruce. 4
    MAUREEN BOYLE - Jan 30, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to review your guided tour at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Awesome to hear you found your guides information on our flora, fauna and wildlife interesting and we agree that you can easily spend a whole day at Pukaha. We will look forward to seeing you again.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • We really enjoyed our visit and were pleased to see New Zealand birds and other animals at first hand. 5
    RAY BUSS - Jan 23, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for your awesome review of Pukaha Mount Bruce. We love sharing the amazing NZ wildlife with our visitors. We will look forward to seeing you again.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Had a great time here, can safely say my expectations were exceeded. Wonderful animals, friendly staff and the cafe has a down-to-earth nz feel 5
    GRANT WATSON - May 18, 2017 (Stayed May 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for your review - pleased you had a great time with us.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Staff were generous, professional and knowledgeable - getting up close to new kiwi chick and seeing shore plovers a highlight 5
    STACEY ROD - Apr 23, 2017 (Stayed Apr 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for this lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and we could also share some of our amazing behind the scenes activities with you.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • I have forwarded this to my son and his wife as they are from Germany and it was a gift to them. I enjoyed the whiole experience 4
    JEANNETTE GREGORY - Jan 13, 2017 (Stayed Jan 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • It was our pleasure to have you visit with us.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • The behind the scenes tour was a really great way to learn about Mt Bruce and all the great work they do. We got to assist with feeding some of the birds and see the kiwi eggs that were about to hatch. Our host was really knowledgeable and got to learn a lot about all the great birds they have there. Mount Bruce is really special and a beautiful part of NZ. 5
    L Thompson - Sep 4, 2015 (Stayed Aug 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for your feedback - so pleased that you enjoyed your Behind the Scenes tour.
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Completely exceeded all expectations I had. Our tour guide Clarie was amazing and everyone was so welcoming. Most definitely worth booking the tour, made the whole experience so much more worth while. Only one slight improvement I can think of - hot chips in the cafe would be amazing! 5
    SARAH GEORGE - Jun 28, 2015 (Stayed Jun 2015) Travelbug verified review
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • definitely felt the behinds the scenes tour was an experience we would not have gotten from the generic pass. Well worth it and we are thinking of friends and family that would appreciate it as a gift. 4
    SARAH MORTIMER - May 29, 2015 (Stayed May 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Sarah, thanks for your feedback. We agree, this makes an amazing gift for someone special. Thanks for your visit, hope you come again soon!
    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

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