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 January 20 to January 26

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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

4.5

33 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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cb from New Zealand wrote on 16 January 2022

National Kiwi Centre

great could feed eels and see kiwi outpost - great fun

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From The National Kiwi Centre - Entry

Hiya - thank you for your review! Great to see you enjoyed your visit =) Kind regards from the team @ The National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

elizabethj2 from New Zealand wrote on 08 January 2022

Hidden gem

You would never expect a place such as this right in the town center. It really was great and we got to hang out with male kiwi for about half an hour which was amazing. We have never been this close to one. Would certainly reccomend it and it was a last minute booking which we found of book me. More affordable on there than the normal entrance price.

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Hi Elizabeth - we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us ;-) Kind regards from the team @ The National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika

tonyc5 from New Zealand wrote on 21 November 2021

worth a visit, they need our support

like many tourism businesses, these folks are suffering from the covid restrictions. Some of the displays are a little tired looking, no doubt due to the severe drop in income over the past couple of years. I found the staff friendly and cheerful, happy to chat and share their knowledge. Do be there for feeding time, the eels are amazing and know when it is feeding time! It was fun to feed the eels. They have two kiwis, and strict no photography rule means these guys happily get close to the glass for us to view. It is great that some of their food is buried for them to find, to prepare for them to be released. The kids will also enjoy the catch and release pond with the koura/crawlers. Gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced.

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Thank you so much for wonderful your review, Tony! We really appreciate your encouraging feedback - Kind regards from the team @ The National Kiwi Centre

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