National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

2.5
#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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  • We wanted to see the Kiwis and therefore visited the Center. At 10 am and 12 noon, there are feeds of Kiwis and mainly of eels. It really was a great surprise. During the feeding of eels, you can feed the animals and also touched. The Center has a little in the years but for the entrance fee, you get up anyway, what to see. Of course, the Kiwis are the highlights! These are recorded as young birds and subjected to once they are grown in the great outdoors. Therefore, you should visit already the Center to support this project. So if you order 10 or 12 o'clock on the corner since there going in
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  • We spent 4 days exploring beautiful Hokitika, with our 2 teenage daughters. One of our stops were to the Kiwi centre & Aquarium. It was fantastic! The girls channeled their inner child and had a lot o...  more »
  • The eels and the kiwis make it worth the visit and it is interesting to learn a bit about the local animals. Yes, they could use a fresh lick of paint but the staff are friendly and the place a good t...  more »

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