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“Worth it for the kiwi”

National Kiwi Centre
Ranked #6 of 33 things to do in Hokitika
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 10 February 2014

It was alright, however the price was too high for what you get to see. The kiwi was very cute though. Only saw one of them.

Thank LittleGreenMoster
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Looks run down but the kiwi house looks very natural. Eels are not to be missed. I hope these place can stick around.

Thank Dereck H
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Came across this place by chance. It is tucked away down a side street in a small building. Not a lot to see but the tanks are clean and there is a lot of information. Get there at feeding time and saw the eels. They are so gentle and it was a wonderful experience as we were the only visitors early morning and we were invited to feed them. Alright there was only one kiwi out, but they are nocturnal, and very timid. It is not like viewing chickens!

Thank alysonBromsgrove
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

This place was great. Im not really into fish etc but the displays were clean and the information interesting. Highlights were learning about and seeing the giant eels. I even fed one (quite brave) and have a new appreciation of them (not sure I would want one for a pet though). The kiwi room was one of the best Ive seen and an amazing experience to see our national emblem so close, at one stage there was just a thin pane of glass and me between this amazing wee bird. I had a great time

Thank Kathleen S
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We stumbled across this while stopping off in Hokitika and must say it was a great visit. All the animals look well looked after and it was great to see the Kiwi digging around for food in it enclosure. They are currently in the process of renovations, but it is well worth a visit and is not pricey.

Thank Kim H
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