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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We didn't not go at the right time for my visitor to see feeding but I have been before and this is really great and every human kiwi should visit and enjoy it. Good getting a close up look at the eels. Attentive staff. Worth the admission fee as very interesting, informative and enjoyable.

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Geelong, Australia
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296 reviews 296 reviews
131 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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344 reviews 344 reviews
78 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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497 reviews 497 reviews
256 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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