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Address: 64 Tancred St, Hokitika, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64-3-755 5251
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A great way to see the elusive Kiwi Bird

The venue is a bit tired looking, however one of our goals in New Zealand was to see a Kiwi bird. We managed to do this as well as keep the kids age 7,11 and 13 occupied both with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Carolyn S
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The venue is a bit tired looking, however one of our goals in New Zealand was to see a Kiwi bird. We managed to do this as well as keep the kids age 7,11 and 13 occupied both with feeding the eels and catching crawlies. A nice family break on our road trip.

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Thank Carolyn S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an interesting visit, learning about how the staff protect these lovely birds and the hard work that goes into helping them to be born, thrive and then released into the wild. An admirable job.

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Thank Diane C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our experience here, we watched the eels and the kiwis being fed. Lots to look at in marine life.

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2 Thank Lynn N
New Zealand
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointed. Left after about 15 minutes. Quite expensive compared with other kiwi viewing places. Could do with an overhaul

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Thank RASQ1
Harare, Zimbabwe
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211 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early and had lots of time to walk around and see many different fish, turtles and the oldest living dinosaur the Tuatara. However the best was yet to come. We were allowed to feed the Long Finned Eel's one which is nearly a 100 years old. We were also able to stroke them, they were very relaxed and... More 

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1 Thank CookRE
Whataroa, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited later in the day so was not busy, The eel tank was incredible with the large number of them, aged up to 130 years old. They are fascinating to watch, There are tuatara and fresh water crayfish. The kids were allowed to try and catch one, it reminded us of when we were kids and so grateful that our... More 

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1 Thank Jess B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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262 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to tick off seeing a kiwi on budget then this is the place, we got to see a kiwi that was a bit stressed going up and down...was so cute ,the place is actually quite small and not much to see except if you also want to go see eels been fed

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2 Thank Flitz8
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85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The centre is definitely good for two things: (i) seeing kiwi - there are two with good viewing areas, and (ii) feeding the eels (very large and old). Get there for the 10am feeding time. There's not too much more to see (a few other tanks with frogs, fish and amphibians). It seemed a bit expensive at NZ$11 per adult... More 

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2 Thank John W
Reading, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this place as we really wanted to see the kiwis. Whilst there we spent quite a lot of time watching them, which was great but also a little upsetting as one of the birds seemed quite distressed... Other than the kiwis the centre would only seem interesting to little kids with the option to feed giant eels and... More 

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2 Thank Anna L
Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this place but you must go at feeding times.it could be disappointing if you don't. We went to the 3pm feeding and were really well informed by the keeper. The eels are really worth seeing.

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