Nature and conservation
The captive residents include tuatara, the "living fossil" that roamed the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.
Outside the centre you can explore the last remaining remnant of this once majestic forest. Surrounded by ancient forest trees and free flying native birds, you'll get a sense of how New Zealand used to be. Encounter wild kaka, kokako, stitchbird, takahe, and kakariki.
Make your way up to the summit via the Te Arapiki o Tawhaki walking track and you may be lucky enough to glimpse reintroduced kokako or hear their haunting song. Nocturnal kiwi have also been returned to the forest.
The Pukaha Mount Bruce Visitor Centre is located on SH2, 30 km north of Masterton and 10 km south of Eketahuna.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Wellington or Napier and about 1 hour from Palmerston North.
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