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National Kiwi Centre

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I caught a crayfish

A sort of wet fishy zoo with kiwis. Watched them being fed after actually feeding the eels. Some... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Small but worth a stop

I've got to give these folks points for the good work they do helping to preserve indigenous... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A sort of wet fishy zoo with kiwis. Watched them being fed after actually feeding the eels. Some liked to be stroked as well: others just turned their backs. Or maybe their fronts, difficult to tell which end is which. Great place for children, although...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank readysteadyteddy
Reviewed 3 days ago

I managed to make the last feeding time for the day - eels fed first, then the kiwis. We were encouraged to feed worms to the eels and to stroke them - odd sensation, like velvet. Then to the kiwi's in their dimmed light area....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chipmunk2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Place is smaller but cheaper than other kiwi centres.Time your visit during feeding time to get the best experience. Get to stroke and feed eels and learn about their habits fr guide then watch the male kiwi enjoy his meal while the cute and active...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gungho-traveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've got to give these folks points for the good work they do helping to preserve indigenous species like the kiwi. Husband and I lucked out and arrived just before feeding time in the eel tank. We got to watch the humongous creatures being hand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wego2places
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great place, plenty to see with souvenirs and a free choc fish if you spot Nemo. I stroked an eel (!) and watched the kiwis feed - one gobbled his up but the female very picky, prefering to forage for herself.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chipmunk22
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

They have tanks with assorted fish, frogs, lizards and more fish. 30 mins is more than enough to see them all. Time it right and you can watch, or even help, feed the long fin eels. They are pretty sleepy most of the year and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank admarr1
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Got to feed and pat the giant eels. Watched the two kiwis being fed. Attempted to catch crayfish. Had lots of fun. Would highly recommend this attraction and attend during feeding times.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank v_milham
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I didn’t expect much of this place as it’s in town and is quite small but how wrong I was. The price is reasonable and Crowded with tourists. The kiwi’s are easily seen and and get quite close to the viewing windows. The giant eels...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Trina C
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The work they do to save and preserve these eggs and chicks is quite inspiring.....well worth a visit and a donation.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Place is not cheap but around south island is similarly priced to see kiwi birds. we saw two kiwis, but the highlight for the kids was the crayfish fishing, spent more than an hour just on the fishing. Too bad we cannot bring back our...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tulang_B
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