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National Kiwi Centre

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I caught a crayfish

A sort of wet fishy zoo with kiwis. Watched them being fed after actually feeding the eels. Some... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2018
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Small but worth a stop

I've got to give these folks points for the good work they do helping to preserve indigenous... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2018
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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...more
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64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 3-755 5251
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All reviews eel feeding catfish chocolate fish feeding times catch and release darkened room aquatic animals bit dated no photography behind glass natural environment worth a visit couple of hours on display new zealand south island giant
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the centre hoping to see a Kiwi.We were not disappointed.The centre had just received a pair of birds,and the male was very active.Unfortunately the female was stil suffering from acclimatising to her new surroundings and was less active. Besides the Kiwis there is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a lovely time at the kiwi centre this morning. It was a fantastic opportunity to see kiwi birds up close and personal, and it’s clear that the animals are really well cared for. Good value for money, would recommend

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aishlingn2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Knowledgeable staff talked to us about eels and kiwis. We were able to feed and touch the eels (an unreal experience). Then we had the privilege of seeing a pair of kiwis, we observed them being fed and learned about their behaviours. It was lovely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kiwi centre is looking a bit dated, but there is plenty to see and do here. Parking is available at the rear, but this isn't advertised. There is a kiddies activity room for the littlies, but the enormous eels and yabbie fishing experience kept...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KiWombat-18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a much better experience than we were expecting. The eel viewings and feeding is on 3 times a day and is accompanied by a fascinating talk. The kiwi viewing area was well constructed enabling you to be very close to the kiwi and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sarahlibrarina
NationalKiwiCentre, Owner at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sarahlibrarina :) Happy New Year! Thank you for your positive review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit here and got to see the kiwi. We hope you enjoy the rest of your visit on the West Coast :)

Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

Was most intrigued by how the eels feeding was. We can even pat the eels. Saw the kiwis feeding too. Great experience. You can look out for a nemo cut-out in a small basket and bring the cut-out to the ticket counter to claim a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 264gweny
Reviewed 8 December 2018

A sort of wet fishy zoo with kiwis. Watched them being fed after actually feeding the eels. Some liked to be stroked as well: others just turned their backs. Or maybe their fronts, difficult to tell which end is which. Great place for children, although...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank readysteadyteddy
Reviewed 7 December 2018

I managed to make the last feeding time for the day - eels fed first, then the kiwis. We were encouraged to feed worms to the eels and to stroke them - odd sensation, like velvet. Then to the kiwi's in their dimmed light area....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chipmunk2018
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Place is smaller but cheaper than other kiwi centres.Time your visit during feeding time to get the best experience. Get to stroke and feed eels and learn about their habits fr guide then watch the male kiwi enjoy his meal while the cute and active...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gungho-traveller
Reviewed 23 November 2018

I've got to give these folks points for the good work they do helping to preserve indigenous species like the kiwi. Husband and I lucked out and arrived just before feeding time in the eel tank. We got to watch the humongous creatures being hand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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