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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.


Pukaha Mount Bruce also incorporates 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


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Walking and tramping


  • Information panels
  • Toilets
  • Visitor centre
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      Nature and conservation

      The aviary walkway, where you can see rare New Zealand birds being bred in captivity. Photo: Sue Galbraith.
      The aviary walkway, where you can 
      see rare New Zealand birds being 
      bred in captivity

      In the forest

      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.

      The captive residents include tuatara, the "living fossil" that roamed the earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.

      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 entrance to the Pukaha Mount Bruce Visitor Centre. Photo: Sandra Burles.
      The entrance to the Pukaha Mount
      Bruce Visitor Centre

      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.


      Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
      Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
      Address:   18 Manners Street
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      Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
      Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
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