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, $35 Child
Conditions: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child age is 15 years and under.
Please Note: The Backstage Pass requires a good level of understanding of English and is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
All prices are shown in NZD ($)
Thanks for the 5 Star review and delight that you enjoyed visit - the team and i appreciate you taking the time to place a review. Richard Owner
Thanks William and appreciate the 5 Star review and your comments. To date we have hatched over 310 Rowi kiwi - in Partnership with the Department of Conservation - and with only 450 left alive in the wild today are doing our very best to help make a conservation difference.Your visit and entry ticket have really helped. Thanks again. Richard Owner
Thanks Amanda for placing a review and sad that you did not enjoy our Backstage Pass Tour. Taking photography of kiwi chicks can be really challenging as you are visiting a real life working area where the team are actively hatching rowi and Has tokoeka chicks to release back into the wild. If you would like me to email you some really great photos i'd be really happy to do so - just drop me a line ( richard at" [email protected]" ) Hope this helps in some small way. Regards Richard
Thanks for the 5 Star review and delighted you enjoyed your visit and our knowledgable kiwi wildlife ranger talk. Regards Richard Owner
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