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National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

(2.5/5 based on 150+ 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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  • Was amazing to see the kiwis up close. However the rest of the attraction is pretty average. Friendly staff and kiwis give it 4 stars. 
  • We were really keen to see some Kiwi whilst in NZ but hadn't appreciated how rare they are! The centre does two types of entry and it's fair to say it's not that cheap. Unfortunately, the more in dept...  more »
  • It was cool to see the eels and kiwis being fed. It's a small aquarium type place with the kiwis as the main attraction. Since they are nocturnal creatures, it was cool to get a chance to see them. A ...  more »