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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


    Available Bookings from October 22 to October 28

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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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    Maria Rodriguez from Australia wrote on 13 September 2019

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    Beautiful experience!

    I can see why some people might not find it worth it or expensive. I believe this experience is not for everyone, but if you are really interested to know all about Kiwi birds and Tatuaras this is the place you need to go! They do an excellent job and staff are really nice and attentive. It might not be easy to spot the Kiwis sometimes, since they are nocturnal animals, but I was able to see them running around and was a great experience! Highly recommend!

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    Mylène from French Polynesia wrote on 18 August 2019

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    Belle surprise

    Nous hésitions à aller visiter ce centre et nous avons été très agréablement surpris. Le personnel est adorable et nous avons pu observer de très près, deux adorables kiwis, qui étaient très actifs. Le personnel nous a même proposé de revenir l’après-midi ou le lendemain en conservant le bracelet d’entrée.

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    Dave from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2019

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    Small but excellent

    It's very small but provides and excellent kiwi viewing experience! One of the few places I've been to where you can actually see kiwi and that without a barrier so you can even hear them. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wishes to see some kiwi.

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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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    Lisa from Australia wrote on 03 October 2019

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    Overpriced and disappointing

    Very small facility that only had 2 kiwis in s nocturnal enclosure and 4 lizards in glass enclosure. The only other things to look at where information boards about kiwis and glaciers. It’s not really a ‘wildlife’ centre when it lacks actual wildlife. The signs around town said allow 1-2hrs for the visit. We were stretched to make the visit laser much more than 5-10 mins. Given the price for a family of 5 to get in, we were very disappointed.

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