National Kiwi Centre

Bird Sanctuary in Hokitika

Tiptoe through the darkened kiwi house to watch these iconic birds rummage for tasty insects, or stare a tuatara – a reptile unchanged for 225 million years – in its beady eyes. Time your visit for eel feeding time (three times a day, usually 10am, noon and 3pm) when you can hold out scraps of meat for these slithery critters to grab from a pair of tongs (or, shudder, your bare hands).