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Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Backstage Pass

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The Backstage Pass is a combo ticket including West Coast Wildlife Centre entry PLUS a guided 30-45 minute informative tour with one of our Kiwi Rangers through the incubation and chick rearing facility. The Backstage Pass is hugely popular – especially during the summer months - and is classed as a ‘Top Pick’ by Lonely Planet Travel Guides.

Visitors will see where and how eggs are processed when they first arrive at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. They will learn about incubation procedures and take a look at the room where the eggs are cared for. Finally, visitors will get a chance to view the Brooder Room where the kiwi chicks are housed and reared during their time with us.

Non-flash photography is permitted on the Backstage Pass under close supervision by your Kiwi Ranger guide. All kiwi chicks will be viewed behind glass.

Kiwi chicks will be available to view on the Backstage Pass tour from October to March (subject to change and breeding season).

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is an all-weather visitor attraction located in Franz Josef. The centre is the sole provider of the BNZ Operation Nest Egg TM incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand's rarest Kiwi, the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. Since opening in 2010 the West Coast Wildlife Centre has successfully raised and released over 240 Kiwi Chicks.

West Coast Wildlife Centre entry gives visitors the very special chance to view juvenile Rowi in a natural walk through Nocturnal House setting. This self-guided attraction also includes educational and interactive displays and wildlife films offering an opportunity to learn about the Glacier and the unique West Coast region.

All entry tickets help contribute to Kiwi conservation and the fight for Kiwi survival.

Price: $55 Adult, $35 Child

Conditions: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child age is 15 years and under.

Please Note: The Backstage Pass requires a good level of understanding of English and is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

Available Bookings from December 10 to December 16

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.90
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$35.00

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Andrea from Switzerland wrote on 12 March 2018

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Learning about kiwi's - Interesting

It was really interesting to have the backstage tour. The only thing I think they should have mentioned that it would not be breeding season anymore and there will not be the possibility to see the kiwi eggs. The rest of the tour was really interesting. We were only two people so we could ask as many questions as we wanted. To see and feel how heavy the kiwis get, how big an egg is etc. was really interesting and gave a great inside look into those wonderful little creatures. And to see the two rowis afterwards in the nocturnal room was really wonderful.

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Roxanne from Australia wrote on 21 November 2017

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Baby Kiwi

Whilst the Centre is small the information was very interesting. We were very lucky to see a 2 day old Kiwi chick up very close... great information & awesome staff

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kelsey from Canada wrote on 06 December 2018

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Great learning experience

Had a nice time learning all about the kiwi and their habitat. It was so interesting and to see the kiwi in the dark room was great! So much I had no idea about before my day at the wildlife centre.

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Carla from Australia wrote on 06 December 2018

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Good experience

The backstage tour was informative and good value. I loved getting to hear loads about these critically endangered little animals. I was expecting to see lots of kiwis, but there was only 4 at the sanctuary. Despite this I would definitely recommend going to check this place out as part of any NZ trip.

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Andrea from United Kingdom wrote on 19 November 2018

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Great insight

Great insight into the wonderful work being done to re-establish the kiwi population. Backstage pass was well worth it to see the incubating eggs and newly hatched chicks. Very informative talk from the ranger too

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