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National Kiwi Centre

Address: 64 Tancred St, Hokitika, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 7 Attractions in Hokitika
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Ipswich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Parts of this were quite interesting but other parts were a little ho-hum. Kids would probably love it

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The place is consider expensive with a quite small exhibit to see, there's only 1 kiwi bird to view but the eel feeding and crayfish catch is a star attraction here.

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Sydney, Australia
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Having missed kiwis in Christchurch due to lack of time, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit them in Hokitika. I only saw one kiwi but it was very active, even coming over to tap its beak on the glass and sniff us- very exciting! The centre itself is a surprisingly downmarket family run place. Admission is $22... More 

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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58 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This may be the national kiwi center, but it was more of a fish display. Very good if you want to see lots of fish, frogs, and eals, but I went in to see the kiwi's. They are there, and you do get to see both of them. The display is good, It is set up so that the chance... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I've been to Hokitika heaps of times and never really thought to visit here. However, this time we were with friends and their kids and it was a wet afternoon so we went. Can't say I liked the eels but I can't stand the things anyway!! However, the kiwis were great - I've been to plenty of kiwi houses and... More 

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Victorville, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Our bus stopped right in front of this attraction, and as it was raining, we decided to not go far. That was a great move! We had fun going through the exhibits and looking at all the wildlife. It was very much worth the money and time to enjoy.

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Weston, Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We thought this was a great venue. We got to see real live rescue Kiwi birds close up. They are endangered and are being rescued and returned to safe environments by these people. Big thumbs up from us.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This was my 2nd visit to the kiwi centre, and while it could probably do with a renovation it's a nice little place to check out. If you go at lunchtime they have eel feedings at 12 (the public get to feed them too) and then feed the kiwi straight after which is worth going for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place was lovely, a little basic and unassuming but still well worth a look. I got to feed the eels which was cool!

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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