Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Entry

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 $34.00
Child $16.00 (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 July 06 to July 12

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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

4.2

209 reviews

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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.

Pete from United Kingdom wrote on 17 April 2022

Awesome

Great chance to see kiwis up close

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Thanks for sharing the 5-star review and delighted that you enjoyed your recent visit.

E Plows from New Zealand wrote on 17 April 2022

Autumn visit

Very quiet day but made for great chance to watch two 4 month old chicks.

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Thank you for the 4-star review and enjoyed a quiet day getting a better understanding of our highly endangered NZ wildlife.

jillh8 from New Zealand wrote on 12 April 2022

Happy visit

Very interesting

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Joanne from New Zealand wrote on 11 April 2022

saw a kiwi

Good if you want to see kiwi in a as natural environment as can in captiviry. It would be better if they could expand to having other NZ wildlife as well.

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Thanks, Joanne for placing a review. Perhaps you missed seeing our 7 Tuatara in our Tuatara Enclosure? Tuatara date back to the time of the dinosaurs and are also highly endangered NZ wildlife that forms an essential part of the Fight For The Wild stories that we share. Do come back in 2024 as we are launching a West Coast Penguin Encounter for sick and injured birds.

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