The National Kiwi Centre - Entry

Get up close and interactive with living icons of the West Coast at The National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika!

Highlights

  • Meet New Zealand's national icons and see live kiwis!
  • Catch and release a crayfish and feed the giant eels!
  • See our team feed the North Island Brown kiwi

Meet our live kiwi, tuatara, giant long fin eels, crayfish, endemic fish, tropical fish, frogs, turtles and much more on this family friendly adventure.

Enjoy interesting commentary as our wildlife experts feed the endangered North Island Brown Kiwi. Experience for yourself what its like to feed our gigantic longfin eels and try your skills at catching and releasing freshwater crayfish in our indoor lake area.

The National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility where you can meet the incredible wildlife in our specially designed nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. A fun filled and informative activity the whole family will enjoy.

Adult $27.50
Child $15.00 (5 to 16 years old)

What's included

  • Entry to the National Kiwi Centre
  • Eel and kiwi feedings

Location

  • 64 Tancred Street, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Please Note: Children under 5 years are Free.

    Kiwi and Eel Feeding Times: 10:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm every day.

    Opening Hours:

    Summer Season 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Winter Season 9:30am to 4:30pm

    Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Available Bookings from September 22 to September 28

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.6

28 reviews

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clairem2 from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

Underrated treasure

Wonderful staff, amazing facility in the heart of Hokitika. Excellent value for money, our family loved it.

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Jessie Ann from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

TheKiwiCentre

such a great place for the West Coast!!

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Vicki from New Zealand wrote on 19 September 2021

Great place to visit

The kids loved fishing for the crawlies and feeding the eels. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the experience and would go back again

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From The National Kiwi Centre - Entry

Thank you Vicki - glad to hear you all enjoyed your time here :-) - kind regards from the team @ The National Kiwi Centre

Anita Bennett from New Zealand wrote on 23 July 2021

More than meets the eye

I live locally and hadn’t been inside for years. This place is much bigger than it appears and kept us entertained for hours. My 6 year old wants to go every day now so that’s saying something! 100% worth a visit.

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Great to hear you enjoyed your visit - We look forward to your visiting us again! - the team @ the National Kiwi Centre

louiset12 from New Zealand wrote on 18 May 2021

Friendly, fun place but very run down

We enjoyed feeding the eels and got very close view of one of their kiwis running about so it was worth the visit. The staff are really nice and there is some interesting information around and various fish to see. Catching the crayfish was actually quite amusing for a bit too, even for grown ups! The place is quite run down though, I would expect something on the tourist trail and one of the few places homing kiwis to have better funding and facilities. It’s a shame as these places are important.

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From The National Kiwi Centre - Entry

Thank you for your positive and constructive review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are also acutely aware of the cosmetic issues and we do have plans in place to rectify these. Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced us to put a hold on many of those plans for the moment. - kind regards from the team @ the National Kiwi Centre

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