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National Kiwi Centre

#8 of 33 things to do in Hokitika Features Animals
64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 3-755 5251
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Aquarium with two Kiwis

I felt a bit cheated as the national kiwi centre is actually an aquarium with two Kiwis! It is all... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
A fantastic experience

A fantastic experience, and not just for the kiwis: I highly recommend visiting for the eel... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Welcome to The National Kiwi Centre The National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility that provides viewing of kiwi in our nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. During your visit you can take part in feeding the giant eels (10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily). The eels are approximately 85 to 100 years old. After the Eel feedings you can see the Kiwi being feed. view the tuatara, New Zealands oldest living dinosaur. Try your hand at catch and release crawly fishing fun for all ages . We have lots of other fish and creatures to look at. And it's all inside so no getting wet on that rainy day
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  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 3-755 5251
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

I felt a bit cheated as the national kiwi centre is actually an aquarium with two Kiwis! It is all a little down at heel and some exhibits are poorly labelled. However, I did enjoy feeding the giant eels and looking at the Kiwis. Again...More

1  Thank OldFartonTour
Reviewed 16 February 2017

A fantastic experience, and not just for the kiwis: I highly recommend visiting for the eel feeding, where you can hand feed and even pet the giant eels. The staff are friendly and informative, and the centre houses a wealth of information on NZ's wildlife....More

Thank pt277
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We had not intended to visit the Kiwi Centre but our son really wanted to go. I am now really glad we did. We had a fantastic view of the kiwi while we were there. It is a big enclosure and you could view through...More

1  Thank PF1972
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Was a bit unsure about visiting this at first, but we went in only to find the largest eels I had ever seen, lots of fish and a few tree frogs. The best part was seeing the kiwis which are much bigger than I had...More

1  Thank Christine S
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Was amazing to see the kiwis up close. However the rest of the attraction is pretty average. Friendly staff and kiwis give it 4 stars.

2  Thank EE15
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We were really keen to see some Kiwi whilst in NZ but hadn't appreciated how rare they are! The centre does two types of entry and it's fair to say it's not that cheap. Unfortunately, the more in depth 'behind the scenes' tour was sold...More

1  Thank Phil T
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

It was cool to see the eels and kiwis being fed. It's a small aquarium type place with the kiwis as the main attraction. Since they are nocturnal creatures, it was cool to get a chance to see them. A bit overpriced for what it...More

1  Thank 18bakerf
Reviewed 1 February 2017

A must-see if in Hokitika - Plenty of parking out front and suitable for all. Check with the front desk first to confirm the eel feeding times so you can see them in action. You can find them resting upright, swaying in the gentle current...More

1  Thank Swallow73
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I had my doubts when agreeing to visit the National Kiwi Centre. From the outside it looks downright amateurish, but the inside is a nice surprise. There are several endemic animals to be seen, including a dinosaur and a number of large aquaria with enormous...More

1  Thank jhelmich
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

A great place for students and families, a must do when in Hokitika. You can feed the giant eels and actually see a live kiwi during feeding!!

Thank Wade W
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