Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights



Pukaha Mount Bruce

Pukaha Mount Bruce Review

Come here for a fine introduction to the country's wildlife, particularly its endangered bird species. An easy trail (one hour round-trip) through the bush takes you past aviaries containing rare, endangered, or vulnerable birds, including the takahē, a flightless bird thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1948. The real highlight, though, is the nocturnal habitat containing foraging kiwis, the country's symbol, who are endearing little bundles of energy. They also have the only white kiwi in captivity in the world and as she glows in the dark you won't have to wait for your eyes to adjust to the gloom to see her. The kaka (indigenous parrots) are fed daily at 3. Don't miss the eel feeding at 1:30, when the reserve's stream writhes with long-finned eels.

    Contact Information

  • Address: State Hwy. 2, 30 km (19 mi) north of town Masterton, 5881 | Map It
  • Phone: 06/375–8004
  • Cost: NZ$20.
  • Hours: Daily 9–4:30
  • Website:
  • Location: Around Masterton
Updated: 02-18-2014

Fodorite Reviews

Be the first to review this property


View more trip reports

  • Packing List

    Okay, so I suck at packing.And I mess it up both ways: either too much or not enough. I never get it right. We have 5 weeks OZ/NZ (!) with 3 days in Hong Kong on the way. Destinations include Sydney, Uluru, Read more

View more travel discussions

· News & Features

View more blog stories