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Bruce Park

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Business Type: Scenic Reserve

Overview

This fantastic wildlife centre is a chance to see endangered wildlife such as tuatara, eels, kaka, kokako and kiwi up close while learning what you can do to help keep these species thriving.

Address: State Highway 2, Eketahuna Manawatu, Whanganui

Website: http://www.mtbruce.org.nz

Description

Pukaha Mount Bruce is just 20 minutes north of Masterton and is the home to Manukura, our little white kiwi, the only white kiwi in captivity in the world.

Pukaha Mt Bruce is NZ's most established and successful wildlife and captive breeding centre.

Set in 942 hectares of ancient hardwood forest only 18 minutes from Masterton, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including the takahe, kokako, kaka and our national icon, the kiwi. It is also home to the Manukura, the little white kiwi. You will also see monster eels and tuatara.

Daily programme:
10.30am - Takahe Talk and feed
11.30am - Tuatara talk and feed
12 noon - Kiwi chick feed or gecko talk
1.30pm - Eel feed and talk
2.15pm - Kokako talk
3.00pm - Kaka feed and 'circus'

Manukura, the little white kiwi, can be seen in the kiwi house every day.

Visit the new theatre for a number of short films. See the new kiwi house and enjoy fantastic, behind-the-scenes viewing into the kiwi nursery.
Enjoy a coffee or light meal at Wild Cafe at Pukaha - open daily from 9.30-4pm. The cafe overlooks the takahe enclosure and our kaka like to visit too!

Get up close and personal with a Behind the Scenes tour. Visit the takahe and Antipodes Island parakeet, watch a kiwi health check, help feed the eels, tuatara and kaka.

An easy figure-of-eight loop track leads through this reserve that has lots of native birdlife and lovely native forest with giant rimu and totara trees.

The gravel path is flat and easy to walk, apart from a few steps at the start and the odd stile to step over.

It takes anywhere from 30 mins to an hour, depending on the route.

The track is on Aldworth Road – look out for the farm gate near the corner, where the track starts on the other side of the stile.

There 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 (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, and the massive eels churning the water at their daily 1.30 pm feed.

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.

Return to the visitor centre for lunch or afternoon tea at the Entice Too cafe.

This overlooks the enclosure for the takahe, a colourful flightless bird that was saved from extinction through the pioneering efforts of the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

 

Source and image: www.wairarapanz.com

Hours of work

Open 364 days of the year (not Christmas Day) from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

Locations

Located on State Highway 2 between Masterton in the Wairarapa (approximately 30km) and Eketahuna in the Tararua district (approximately 10km).
Adult entry $20.00 Children 5 – 15 years $6.00 Children under 5 FREE Family Pass $50.00 [2 adults and up to 4 children 5 – 15 yrs] Gold Card Members $17.00 Pukaha Mount Bruce Members FREE

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