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The National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

(2.5/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Spot the small, flightless bird called the kiwi at The 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 The National Kiwi Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hokitika tourist route planner.
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  • We came in here early to beat the rush and were the eel and kiwi feeding times. The place isn't very big and the helpers are very cheery and as the name suggests, helpful. .There is plenty to see as y...  more »
  • This slightly run down establishment has in its favour two great exhibits. The 100 year old eels and a couple of kiwis which are kept in a specially darkened area where you can just make them out. Def...  more »
  • I felt a bit cheated as the national kiwi centre is actually an aquarium with two Kiwis! It is all a little down at heel and some exhibits are poorly labelled. However, I did enjoy feeding the giant e...  more »