Tucked away in the lovely area of Manawatu in the Wairarapa region is the Pukaha /Mt Bruce National bird sanctuary .
This place feels good from the moment you drive in to the car park .
The information centre has plenty of information to get you started and the staff are friendly and helpful. It was warm and welcoming on a very cold and rainy day .
Pukaha is sensational with incredible walks and amazing scenery.
The Kiwi house is where we saw the very rare and special White Kiwi Bird. Manukura can be viewed every day in the Nocturnal Kiwi house which she shares with Turua, a North island brown Kiwi bird. Photographing Manukura was very difficult as the nocturnal cave is dark and the only thing I could really see was a red light.
We were also introduced to the boisterous native parrots the Kaka . The Kaka are intelligent and adaptable with powerful wings and strong beaks. When dining in the café it is advised to watch your food as these cheeky birds can very quickly steal what you are about to eat.
If you would like the opportunity to see the rare white Kiwi bird or the Kaka bird, this is the place to visit.