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National Kiwi Centre

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64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 3-755 5251
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Best Kiwi Experience

We visited both here and Franz Josef Kiwi Experiences and this was the best by far. Great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Phil C
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Albany, Australia
KIWI They are gorgeous

I loved my visit. Fascinating eels. Stunning fish tank. All manner of creatures to look at. But... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alli C
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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 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
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“eel feeding” (18 reviews)
“catfish” (24 reviews)
“rare animals” (2 reviews)
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64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
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+64 3-755 5251
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited both here and Franz Josef Kiwi Experiences and this was the best by far. Great opportunity to get up close and personal with a Kiwi. Then to top it off we got to feed and pat Eels, catch and release fresh water Crayfish....More

Thank Phil C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved my visit. Fascinating eels. Stunning fish tank. All manner of creatures to look at. But best of all 2 beautiful kiwi. A joy to watch. We had missed feeding time but were invited to come back in again later to view if we...More

Thank Alli C
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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Alli, Thank you for your lovely comments, so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us.

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Read a few moans about the price but we thought well worth it, quite a few activities and plenty to see. Two Kiwi rummaging around within two feet of us got us another tick in our Anzac animals to see list! Giant eels feeding, and...More

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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Hi Kenty, Thanks for your review, it is great that you got to tick seeing a Kiwi off your list of things to see while in NZ. We also feel $24.00 for an adult is a fair price for all that you get to see...More

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Reviewed February 18, 2018

A chance to see a night active creature in the day time, price a little high but also other creatures in there

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

The entire time before we went to Nz I told my husband I had to see the nation brid. Unfortunately, because they are endangered and no feral my chance of seeing them in wild is very unlikely. We went here and were able to spend...More

Thank D L
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Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

We bit the bullet and paid the $24 admission each to escape the pouring rain. The eels were revolting but we did see two kiwi and they were really quite active which was better than I expected.

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Reviewed January 25, 2018

Visited The National Kiwi Centre especially to feed the eels and watch the kiwi feeding. Timed our trip so we got there just before 3pm. Being able to feed and touch the eels was amazing - even though it was scary and the eels were...More

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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

Dear Nessybear1, Thank you for your review, all comments are appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed for visit to us. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Compared to some other wildlife places we’ve visited, this place is sad and depressing with little apparent conservation value. The facility is dated. Seeing the kiwi up close was the only saving grace, but there are plenty of other places to see kiwi in New...More

Thank Ann T
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NationalKiwiCentre, Owner at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

Dear "Overpriced and Shabby" Thanks for your comments - they are important to us. Unfortunately as a small private business operator on the West Coast we cannot compete with some of the larger and centrally funded organisations that you mention. Yes, our name and parts...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

feeding the eels is an attraction, but we visited this place because of the chance to see kiwis. Price is high compared to what you get, but still everything is pricey in NZ...

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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Thanks for your comments, we appreciate all feed back. We love it when people enjoy feeding the eels and we are still one of the least expensive places to see a kiwi.

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

We stumbled across the National kiwi centre while we were in Hokitika for the day,we were a bit hesitate at the start because of the price but decided to give it a go and we were glad we did. We had a great time! We...More

Thank sophrose2017
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NationalKiwiCentre, Front Office Manager at National Kiwi Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2018

We love it when people discover us! So happy you and your children had a great time visiting our eels and kiwi.

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