Welcome to The National Kiwi Centre

The National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility that provides viewing of kiwi in our nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. During your visit you can take part in feeding the giant eels (10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily). The eels are approximately 85 to 100 years old. The kiwi also get fed after each eel feeding. You can view the tuatara, New Zealand's oldest living dinosaur.


Kiwi in NZ

Saving our national icon

The kiwi is New Zealand's national icon and part of our world-wide image. New Zealanders have been "Kiwis" since the days of the First World War. It's a nickname bestowed by fellow Australian soldiers, and it stuck. Today our identity as Kiwis is based around our national bird.

Kiwi are a natural fit with New Zealanders' national psyche - we relate to their quirkiness, evolved over millions of years of isolation from mammals.



New Zealand's oldest living dinosaur! These amazing reptiles have been around for approximately 220 million years. Two tuatara are on display here. One male and one female, both aged 19 years of age. During the summer they bask in the sun and in winter time they will hide in their burrows so sometimes can not be seen.

long-finned eel

The long-finned eel

The long-finned eel, or as the Maori call them, tuna, can be found throughout New Zealand in rivers and inland lakes.

The eels you see here are female, between 85 and 100 years old. They weigh approximately 20kg and are up to 2 metres in length. The eel grows very slowly at a rate of 15-25mm per year!

Admission Prices


Adult      $24.00
Child      $14.00
Senior    $21.00 (60+)
Student  $21.00
Family    $58.00
(2 adults and their children)

children under
5 years are Free

Group deals are available

School Group Education tours available


Contact Details

The National Kiwi Centre
64 Tancred Street,
West Coast,
New Zealand

Phone: +64-3-755 5251
Fax: +64 3 755 5251

Email: natkiwi@xtra.co.nz
Internet: www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz

Summer Season 9 am to 5 pm
Winter Season 9:30 to 4:30 pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

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