Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights

Pukaha Mount Bruce

  • State Hwy. 2 Map It
  • Masterton
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's 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.

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State Hwy. 2, 30 km (19 mi) north of town, Masterton, Wellington, 5881, New Zealand

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  • NZ$20.
  • Daily 9–4:30

Published 10/27/2015


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