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National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika
(2.3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Spot the small, flightless bird called the kiwi at National Kiwi Centre, an indoor facility that reproduces the creature's natural environment. As the country's national symbol, the bird became so iconic that New Zealanders themselves are known as "Kiwis." In addition to kiwis, the site also houses long-finned eels, which visitors can help feed several times a day. Be sure to look for the tuatara, the world's oldest living dinosaur. This scaly reptile is only found in the wild in New Zealand and lives up to 100 years. Put National Kiwi Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hokitika tourist route planner.
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  • Lovely and interesting. With some great conservation values. 100+ year old eels that get fed at midday. Kiwi birds you can see fed just after midday (working alongside DOC for conservation and educati...  more »
  • Animals looks quite sad.. felt sorry for the kiwis. I (regrettably) "had" to see a kiwi before returning home to Aus and I just felt sad leaving. Quite small enclosures. The catch and release pond had...  more »
  • We visited this place and were one of 2 couples trying to glimpse a kiwi in very very dim light. Understandably of course, but when you pay quite a bit and see 2 kiwis AFTER about 15 minutes of scanni...  more »