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.
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Thanks for the 5 Star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit !
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 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 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
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