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National Kiwi Centre

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Crayfish fishing

Place is not cheap but around south island is similarly priced to see kiwi birds. we saw two kiwis... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Tulang_B
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Jakarta, Indonesia
KIWI

It's a mini zoo. First encounter with real KIWI bird. However there are only 2 KIWI birds in the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
AngelineT67
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Kuching
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The work they do to save and preserve these eggs and chicks is quite inspiring.....well worth a visit and a donation.

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Place is not cheap but around south island is similarly priced to see kiwi birds. we saw two kiwis, but the highlight for the kids was the crayfish fishing, spent more than an hour just on the fishing. Too bad we cannot bring back our...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

super friendly staff really knowledgeable about the nz eels and best views of kiwis i have seen on multiple visits to nz thx for a great visit.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

It's a mini zoo. First encounter with real KIWI bird. However there are only 2 KIWI birds in the center with some giant eels and fishes. The eel feeding experience was great. Hope to see more animals.

Thank AngelineT67
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Cute little place which one must absolutely visit. We could feed and stroke eels. We saw kiwis running all around the place! Down point, but which doesn't remove any at all of the great experience we had ; the place is in very bad condition,...More

Thank Alexandra R
NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Dear Alexandra, Thank you for taking the time to comment. Really pleased you enjoyed our the eels and kiwi. Yes, we are having to work hard on the building and are continuing to make improvements.

Reviewed 3 July 2018

The kiwis are elusive but very sweet once you catch a glimpse - be patient ! The eels were also very cool and incredibly old, fun to spot grandma eel :) really worth the cost of entry IMO

Thank V4rty
NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Dear V4rty, Thanks for being patient and enjoying seeing our kiwi. We love our eels too.

Reviewed 18 May 2018

Kiwis are crazy about Kiwis and it is extremely rare to see in wilderness, so this place is a great way to see them and also to watch their activities in close proximity. The center is very informative, the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable....More

Thank Satyabrata
NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Hi Satyabrata, You are right - Kiwi's are crazy about Kiwi! Thanks for your comments, it's great that you and your family had the chance to see ours and that you enjoyed you visit.

Reviewed 14 May 2018

Well worth a visit. But suggest going about 20 to 30 minutes before feeding times.. Feeding times 10am, noon and 3pm. Staff and you ( if you want to ) feed the giant eels. Then you go and see the staff deliver the food to...More

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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Dear NZ2, Congratulations on your prize and many thanks for you comments.

Reviewed 5 May 2018

Loved this place. Seeing the eels, the kiwi, learning about conservation work. I did not mind paying 24 dollars entry, as it goes to something which I want to support. I can't believe people at the same time complain about animals going extinct and having...More

Thank DanmarkPower
NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Dear DanmarkPower, Many thanks for your comments, really pleased you loved your visit.

Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Small dingy enclosures of aquatic animals... Children will love it though... Got to see 2 shy kiwi birds... Was a bit pricey for what it offersMore

Thank PreetiChhatre
NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Dear PreetiChhatre, You are right - children do love seeing the Kiwi and enjoy the other experiences they can participate in. I am sorry that you feel the Kiwi Centre is small and dingy, lighting is kept low for the benefit of the animals. We...More

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