National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

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#4 of 9 in Zoos & Aquariums in South Island
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. Plan your National Kiwi Centre visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hokitika using our Hokitika journey maker site .
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  • Hefty entry fee: 24 NZD pp. Girls of the building and Interior, musty smelling. We saw a few aquariums with fish that do not belong to New Zealand and a kind of indoor pond. A very large aquarium with large and (New Zealand). The kiwi is on display behind glass. I was about 20 min to look and the poor animal ran constantly the same round through his "territory". This is animal abuse.
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  • I went many times in NZ, and the only way to see a kiwi is to go to this "centre". This isn't really a Museum, this looks like a party room that it would have draped... I understand that some find it run down, but well... There are kiwis :-)
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  • See the Kiwis, or imagine them is tremendously for tronchar... are in the dark as they are nocturnal animals and it is very comical to see the actual. Otherwise, the truth is that the work of the team is good while maintaining the space and watching with interest to work.
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