Kākā at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
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Introduction

You can see conservation in action at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre in the Northern Wairarapa. Tuatara, kokako, kiwi and takahe are all permanent residents here.

Highlights

Pukaha Mount Bruce also has a visitor centre, café, education programmes, stunning interactive displays, and wheelchair access tracks through native bush.

Encounter kākā and eel at their daily feeding.

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Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping

Facilities

  • Information panels
  • Toilets
  • Visitor centre

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Bird watching

Encounter wild kaka (large native parrots) as they swoop out of the forest for their 3pm daily feed. View kiwi poking through the leaf-litter in the nocturnal house. Watch the threatened native birds kokako, stitchbird, takahe, and kakariki in their leafy realm,

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    About this place

    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.

    Getting there

    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.

    Know before you go

    Visit the Pukaha Mount Bruce website for the opening hours and entrance fees.

    Contacts

    Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
    Address:   18 Manners Street
    Wellington
    Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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    Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
    Phone:   +64 6 377 0700
    Address:   220 South Road
    Masterton 5810
    Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
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