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National Kiwi Centre

64 Tancred St, Hokitika, New Zealand
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Ranked #13 of 20 attractions in Hokitika
Type: Zoos
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Whilst on honeymoon myself and my husband stayed in hokitika for one night. It is a very quiet town so there isn't a great deal of things to do. However we found the kiwi centre a little gem! Yes it does look like it needs a jab of cash into it but that just isn't always possible with conservation based... More

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Sussex
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Loved this - we only went in 40 mins or so before closing so the place was empty. Loved having 10 mins to watch one of the resident kiwi's doing their thing... worth the entry just for that!

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Essex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a very run down little "zoo" but the giant eels and the 2 kiwi are worth seeing. The kiwis only seem to appear at feeding time so make sure that you arrive then. It's hard to see them through the gloomy lighting but it was our only chance to see the NZ native bird and we are glad... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place was working through a bit of a revamp while we were there but still good value for money and interesting for the kids. Really interactive with trying to find everything. The giant eels here are amazing and it has an awesome kiwi enclosure that guarantees being able to see our native bird. Certainly worth a visit with the... More

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Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were hold that it's very unlikely to see a kiwi in the wild as they are nocturnal but also that the population is being decimated by predators. This is why places like this should be encouraged. The kiwi looked to be in a decent habitat. We were thrilled to actually see her. Fascinating. We had been asked to be... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This was a great place to visit. We fed the huge eels and saw a Kiwi. There are many `things` to see and lots of information about the wildlife.

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Melbourne Airport
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Had not seen a live Kiwi, it was great to see 2, even if on other side of glass. But was able to watch them eat!

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Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

was there with 2 kids, aged 12 and 10, and to sum it up in one word, our experience was .. MEH. The girl manning the counter booth was unenthusiastic and looked like she was there to pass time. The facade of the attraction looked like it hadnt been touched since the 1990s, and inside, it smelt damp and musky.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We went into the National Kiwi Centre so that we would do something other than shop in Hokitika. It is very small but we managed to spend quite some time there reading the various displays and looking at the eels and kiwis. It is interesting to learn that there are eels in all the freshwater lakes in NZ and once... More

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DT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Really wanted to see a kiwi and there are two.One seemed ok but one was always running up and down the same path(which speaks for a mental disturbance).You are asked to be silent of course but all the noise from the entrance room can be heard in the Kiwi room...the other animals(like fish)have to deal with artificial plants in their... More

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