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Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

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 the Rowi and Haast tokoeka, New Zealand's rarest Kiwi.

The forest and bush around the West Coast is dense and virtually completely untouched and the undergrowth is home to incredible wildlife, - much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.

The superb quality nature films and interactives at the West Coast Wildlife Centre bring you the very special opportunity to view Juvenile Rowi - our rarest kiwi - in a natural walk through Nocturnal House setting with this fabulous wildlife New Zealand tour.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is one of the largest Kiwi Captive Rearing facilities in New Zealand and since opening in 2010 has successfully raised and released 180 Kiwi Chicks.

The Centre also brings to life the yarns and tales of the people of the West Coast; who mined, hunted, struggled and lived in this breathtaking but harsh environment.


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


Prices:

  • $35 Adult
  • $20 Child
  • Conditions: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child age is from 5-15 years


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    Lindsay from United States wrote on 05 December 2019

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    Self guided tour

    I enjoyed exploring the facility independently and at my own pace. The introduction and booklet were very informative. This is a great activity for a rainy day in Franz Josef, appropriate for all ages.

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    Nikki Braniff-Jones from New Zealand wrote on 03 March 2020

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    Fantastic!

    We got to see the little 4 month old a few times, as we could re-visit throughout the day. Some people say this isn't worth the money, but those are generally the same people who don't want to pay for anything and expect everything for free. These are birds in an environment as close to natural as possible. Don't expect it to jump up and greet you as you walk through the door. If you don't see it within a minute, try to find your hidden patience.

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    Anva Avraham from Israel wrote on 28 February 2020

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    Great

    Had a really great time . Very nice place.

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    Michel from Luxembourg wrote on 15 March 2020

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    Very small and expensive

    You can see 2 little kiwi birds ... And than very explanation about the glacier ... That's it. Honestly for this amount of money, definitely not worth

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    Deirdre Nolan from United Kingdom wrote on 11 June 2018

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    Expensive

    Way too expensive for what it is. You spend no more than an hour here... interesting but not worth it.

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