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Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre VIP Guided Backstage Pass Tour

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Experience the amazing West Coast Wildlife Centre, home of the rare kiwi, complete with a guided backstage tour and fascinating Tuatara Encounter!

Experience the amazing West Coast Wildlife Centre, home of the rare kiwi, complete with a guided backstage tour and fascinating Tuatara Encounter!

The VIP Guided Backstage Pass Tour 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. You'll also enjoy a fascinating Tuatara encounter where you can view up-close the prehistoric tuatara that is endemic only to New Zealand.

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.

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.

Adult $69.00
Child $30.00 (5 - 15 years)

What's included

  • Wildlife Centre Entry
  • 30 - 45 Minute Guided Tour
  • Tuatara Encounter

Location

  • Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef

Notes

  • 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.

    Please ensure that you arrive ten minutes prior to your tour as the tours depart on time and if you are late, you will miss out.

  • 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)

Available Bookings from 18 May to 31 May 2024

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gretchens1 from United States wrote on 15 May 2024

Awesome tour

Our guide was so knowledgeable. There was so much information about the kiwi and the little "dinosaurs"! Great tour!

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Sarah Dunleavy from Australia wrote on 26 March 2024

Very informative, glad we did this tour

Amber provided great information, spoke very well. So glad we paid extra to do the backstage pass.

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Amanda from Australia wrote on 09 March 2024

Kiwi Encounter

Great experience. Learnt alot. Best place to see Kiwi birds up close in NZ.

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jimw3 from New Zealand wrote on 17 February 2024

Waste of money. Read about Kiwi see a stuffed one

Kiwi are very hard , almost impossible to see, “tour” consists of staff talking about what they used to do to help the rare Kiwi. They have stopped the work so they are passing around stuffed Kiwi and an egg and showing pictures and video. Cool to see local reptiles but overall I would miss this.

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Sofia Thompson from Australia wrote on 29 November 2023

Really enjoyed backstage tour of wildlife centre

I really enjoyed learning about the plight of the Kiwi and Tuatara, and I got to see the Tuatara up close and was lucky enough to see a Rowi Kiwi searching it's enclosure for food, which was a magical experience. My guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, too.

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