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

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 $57.00
Child $28.00 (5 - 15 years)

What's included

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

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.

  • 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 January 21 to January 27

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2spaces priced from:

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  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$35.00
  • Child$28.00

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  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$35.00
  • Child$28.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$35.00
  • Child$28.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$28.00

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Derryn from New Zealand wrote on 29 December 2020

Fantastic experience

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit especially the behind the scene tour. Thorougjly recommend it as an activity.

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Melanie from New Zealand wrote on 07 December 2020

Amazing experience

We had a great time at the Wildlife Centre. We did the 10am tour and saw the kiwi chicks awake. Our tour guide was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge about the kiwis and the tuataras. I would highly recommend going there!

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angelap15 from New Zealand wrote on 06 December 2020

Great place to visit

Friendly staff, great tour and cute wildlife to view!

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louisem16 from United Kingdom wrote on 04 December 2020

Very educational!

With the backstage pass I got to see the incubation rooms and learn all about the rowi, the kiwi bird local to this area. One had just hatched the night before my tour and I got to see it on the camera. The lady who gave me the tour was very knowledgeable about the birds, the local area and efforts to increase rowi populations around Franz Josef. She then took me to the Tuatara enclosure where I got up close with a female tuatara and learned about their feeding, basking and breeding habits. You don’t get to touch any of the animals for health and safety reasons but you do get to see them up close and learn an awful lot about them. The centre is very educational from start to finish. There were two rowi on display that were only 2 months old and it was fascinating to see them interacting with each other, searching for food and having a wee nana nap! The display on the glaciers was very informative and there is even some history on the gold mining, timber trade and hunting, which was pretty interesting! Well worth a visit!

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kelvinh1 from New Zealand wrote on 01 December 2020

Great Staff

Very enjoyable and I'm formative tour. Great to learn so much.

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