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Address: 64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64-3-755 5251
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome to The National Kiwi Centre The National Kiwi Centre is situated in...

Welcome to The National Kiwi Centre The National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility that provides viewing of kiwi in our nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. During your visit you can take part in feeding the giant eels (10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily). The eels are approximately 85 to 100 years old. After the Eel feedings you can see the Kiwi being feed. view the tuatara, New Zealands oldest living dinosaur. Try your hand at catch and release crawly fishing fun for all ages . We have lots of other fish and creatures to look at. And it's all inside so no getting wet on that rainy day

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Needs a bit of renovation

The place was a bit run down and it could do with a complete renovation, but its probably due to lack of funds. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and it was nice to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was a bit run down and it could do with a complete renovation, but its probably due to lack of funds. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and it was nice to see a Kiwi for real. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank EricEssex2014
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Poor exhibits with worn enclosures. The feedings were very artificial and staff not very informative. I would save your money and donate to an organisation to save the kiwi birds instead.

Thank Annabel C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

My son loved this place. You can see a kiwi or two, feed the eels and catch a yabbie. For adults the place feels a bit dated and the variety of wildlife is somewhat thin on the ground. But for the cost and on a rainy day it is good value.

1 Thank Kevin F
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

My five year old will be talking about this for ages ! Hand feeding eels to catching crawlys (fresh water crayfish) to seeing Kiwis and Tuatara up close this attraction is perfect for young children. Allow 1.5 hours to do everything.

1 Thank Julie N
Hokitika, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Get there at the right times to watch the eel and kiwi feedings. Kids can get involved and help feed the eels. Lots of fish etc to look at too. They can also go in and catch crawlies for a bit fun.

1 Thank joamac11
Beesd, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

At least two kiwi birds can be seen inside in a room where daylight time is reversed. Some additional wildlife species are shown as well. Not worth more than about half an hour

2 Thank globalarchret
Alpharetta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

I found the exhibits hard to see and many just not well done. We were excited about seeing live Kiwis and left feeling disappointed. I get that they are nocturnal but the Kiwis were very hard to see. The dark passages leading to the Kiwis were difficult. There is not a lot in this small town, but I would skip... More 

3 Thank Trek-Always
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We had a lovely couple of hours around this attraction and managed to see the 2 kiwis housed there. We also watched the eels being fed & both kids & adults could get involved in that. The keeper was well informed & was quite happy to answer everyone's questions.

1 Thank Nuttynana
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

The Kiwi display is quite good, although they only have two and the eels are pretty spooky, but the rest of it is just a few aquariums with some standard small fish. The staff are helpful, but there just isn't enough to make it worth $20 NZD per adult.

1 Thank lhscontrol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. Cheaper than the Kiwi experience in Franz Joseph and far superior! They have a good variety of indigenous animals. Feeding the eels is great fun and they let you touch them too. Catching crayfish was an exciting challenge. But the real highlight was seeing two beautiful kiwis running around in their pens. The only disappointment was... More 

1 Thank GeoffHLloyd

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