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Address: 64 Tancred St, Hokitika, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64-3-755 5251
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A shame it's been let go

For a start, the staff were amazing, and the guy doing the eel presentation was very informative and accommodating, but his hard work was let down by run down premises and empty... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Christchurch
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Geelong, Australia
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282 reviews 282 reviews
125 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It is rare to get close to a kiwi. To get close to two kiwis was absolutely superb. We were deemed to be quiet enough to be taken behind the scenes to have a really good look at one of the kiwis in particular. Wonderful to experience something rather rare. The other highlight was the large tank containing a substantial... More 

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Christchurch
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

For a start, the staff were amazing, and the guy doing the eel presentation was very informative and accommodating, but his hard work was let down by run down premises and empty displays. The Eels and feeding is awesome, and the kids loved feeding these huge eels, plus straight after that heading to the Kiwis, we all got very close... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It was fine, but I think would be better for kids than adults. The eels were neat to see. There are 2 kiwis, if you aren't going to be there at feeding time then you are unlikely to see them.

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Wake Forest, Nc
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329 reviews 329 reviews
76 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This building reminded me of Florida tourist alligator farms from 50 years ago. Some of the place seemed so homemade and amateur it felt like someone had thrown it together. However, I was very glad to get to see live kiwis on display so that you could see them (behind glass) up close. Otherwise, don't bother. And you don't need... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Well done representation of kiwi in their natural environment. On my visit there were 4 kiwi scratching around their forest litter and you only a metre from them. Busy little creatures. Expensive but presume part of the price goes to the successful breeding program

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

If you like to throw money away: visit this centre. Outdated, empty boxes, bad design, etc. Well-meant amateurism is even an understatement!

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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495 reviews 495 reviews
256 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is an interesting, information-filled place that showcases the North Island Brown Kiwi in a decently large, well furnished nocturnal exhibit. The Center also has a huge tank witlled with some 40+ long finned eels aged 80 to 120 years! Try to visit during feeding time, if you are interested in taking part. The Center also has a pair of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We found this place great. We didn't expect much, maybe just to see a Kiwi, but we got a lot more. We were lucky though. We conveniently arrived an hour before eel feedings so had time to check other animals out, before heading to the giant eels, which were in a word; awesome. Got to feed them and have a... More 

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The kids could see eels and a glimce of a kiwi. Also a few other animals. We only stayed 20 minutes...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

went there primarily to see the eels and we certainly weren't disappointed they are huge and so many of them with a chance to feed them as well. Kiwis were good and we were able to watch feeding as well.Other exhibits were well done

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