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Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

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The West Coast Wildlife Centre is an all weather visitor attraction located in Franz Josef, presenting rare Kiwi in an authentic environment.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is an all weather visitor attraction located in Franz Josef, presenting rare Kiwi in an authentic environment.

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.

Adult $38.00
Child $20.00 (5 - 15 years)

Location

  • Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef

Notes

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

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

Available Bookings from 16 Jun to 29 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$15.00

  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$32.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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maartenv2 from New Zealand wrote on 12 February 2022

Well worth the visit!

Excellent visit of 1.5h on a super rainy day in Franz Josef (we were about the only tourists in town). Lovely staff and kiwi's. The glacier exhibition is a nice bonus. There's no time slot for bookme tickets; you can show up anywhere during the day you booked your ticket for.

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From Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

Thanks for the 5-star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Good to point out that you can visit anytime during the day and use your Book Me ticket for the indoor attraction only. Really appreciate you taking the time to place a review.

celineg5 from Netherlands wrote on 21 November 2023

Kiwis running about

I did not expect to see kiwis that well or lively! Had an amazing time and learned some cool facts

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Kerrie McCabe from Australia wrote on 09 October 2023

Fantastic kiwi experience

I really wanted to see a kiwi while we were NZ. We were fortunate to see them for quite a while.

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Isabel Warcon from Australia wrote on 29 April 2023

Kiwi Bird experience

Far too expensive to see maybe 2 young kiwi birds, if they come anywhere close and within sight

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From Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

Thank you Isabel for placing a review and disappointed of course by your comments.Clearly seeing highly endangered NZ Wildlife was not for you.You may have missed the fact that we are the largest kiwi incubation and hatching facility in the South Island and have helped bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the very edge of extinction.Perhaps you missed our glacier attraction,West Coast wildlife films,,storytelling area sand VIP Backstage Pass Tours ?. You do need to take your time when you spend time with us as the more you put into the attraction the more you will get out of it - just like life really.

Nic from New Zealand wrote on 27 July 2023

Poor Tourists

Nice staff and kind of interesting videos. That’s where it ends. Took us 5 minutes to walk through. Tourists who just want to see a live kiwi will see one. But the price you pay for the privilege is a total rip off. If you’re going to Christchurch, see numerous kiwi as well as other animals at Willowbank for less money and more fun.

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From Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

Thank you Nic for placing a review and disappointed of course by your comments.Clearly seeing highly endangered NZ Wildlife was not for you.You may have missed the fact that we are the largest kiwi incubation and hatching facility in the South Island and have helped bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the very edge of extinction.Perhaps you missed our glacier attraction,West Coast wildlife films,,storytelling area sand VIP Backstage Pass Tours ?. You do need to take your time when you spend time with us as the more you put into the attraction the more you will get out of it - just like life really.

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