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Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass provided by West Coast Wildlife Centre

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass
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from $32.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
About
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 47570P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Local taxes • Free car parking • Entry/Admission - West Coast Wildlife Centre
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Hotel pickup and drop-off • DVD (available to purchase)
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Local taxes • Free car parking • Entry/Admission - West Coast Wildlife Centre
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Hotel pickup and drop-off • DVD (available to purchase)
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Main attraction is wheelchair friendly, but backstage pass tour is not wheelchair accessible
Photography is restricted inside the kiwi nocturnal house but available on the kiwi backstage pass tour
Proof of age require if purchasing a senior ticket (over 65 years of age)
Cafe with food and coffee available to purchase. All major credit cards accepted
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Popular mentions

4.0
31 reviews
Excellent
12
Very good
11
Average
3
Poor
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Terrible
3

LutterworthEgonRonay
Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
Little to see
Very little to see for the money

You can see a couple of Kiwi in low light, and you can see 5 stationary tuatara behind a glass screen. There is a bit of educational content for kids but that's about it.
Written 7 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for placing a review and perhaps endangered NZ wildlife was not for you ? .As the largest kiwi and incubated facility in the South Island in partnership with the Department of Conservation we have helped bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the edge of extinction. You must have missed the Backstage Pass Tour -the Glacier interactives and displays-the West Coast Story telling area -and the wildlife films. Tuatara are incredible creatures -but you do need to stop ,look ,listen and engage with our facility- as we are not like Disney where everything pops out at you . Enjoy the rest of your time in beautiful Franz Josef.
Written 8 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mudwiggle27
Marlborough Region, New Zealand29 contributions
Worth a visit
Apr 2021
Amazing experience with great knowledgeable staff. First time have seen kiwi, was a real highlight. Also found Tuataras interesting.
Written 4 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for the 4 star review and we are all so pleased that you really enjoyed your visit 🐣👍🙏
Written 9 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Danny
6 contributions
Worth it to see the Rowi
Apr 2021 • Couples
It was great to see the Rowi and they were very active and visible. However the rest of the experience leaves a lot to be desired. I didn’t care for the huge amount of space used for a display about glaciers, I came to learn about wildlife.
Written 7 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for placing a review and delighted that you enjoyed seeing the worlds rarest kiwi ! Our attraction chooses to balance our wildlife with our fragile environment so we deliberately feature the Franz Josef Glacier -information and interactives around glaciology,films and stories around the wildlife found here on the West Coast -and a live Tuatara Encounter. Hope you enjoy the rest of your visit to Franz Josef.
Written 8 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Megadyptes Antipodes
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
Superb kiwi and tuatara encounter
A thoroughly educational and heartwarming experience getting close to rowi—rarest of the 5 surviving species of kiwi—and tuatara. I recommend the activity to Kiwis as well as visitors from overseas. I’m a conservationist and I was blown away by the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, the way in which the experience is being run, and the success of the public-private partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Bank of New Zealand. We visited the centre on 2 consecutive days: general entry on the first day and guided experience on the second day. The experience is worth every dollar spent.
Written 2 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thank you so much for the 5 star review and the team and I are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. With less than 550 rowi kiwi left alive in the wild today -in partnership with the Department of Conservation- we have incubated and hatched over 350 of these helping bring our rarest of kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. Your visit has helped contribute funds so that we can continue with this work. Enjoy the rest of your time in magical Franz Josef and thanks again for taking the time to visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre 🙏
Written 3 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Laura Anderson
2 contributions
A Must Visit!
Nov 2020 • Couples
I did a full round trip around the South Island and easily found going to the Franz Josef Wildlife centre to be the highlight! We were able to see two young kiwis playing and speaking to each other and it was the most beautiful, magical thing I have ever seen. The tour was really informative and we even got to see a recently hatched baby’s kiwi and the guide was so lovely. The cafe is delicious and staff really helpful. Honestly everything was so great and I recommend going to everyone I know!
Written 8 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks so much for the 5 star review and the team and I are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Really appreciate the recommendation and so pleased that we exceeded your expectations.
Written 2 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Josephine H
13 contributions
Learned a lot about Rowi
Oct 2020
It was great to do for a rainy day. We did the backstage because we heard there were baby kiwis and THERE WERE! We saw 6- and 14-day old kiwis. So cute!
The bigger kiwis in the nocturnal house were also very active and cute. The signage was very informative around kiwis and rowi.
Written 1 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for taking the VIP Backstage Pass Tour and the 4 star ⭐️ review ! Our customers tell us that this is their favorite ticket and represents the very best value for money. Really appreciate your business to help us continue our conservation work 👍
Written 1 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kiwisahoy
Auckland, New Zealand133 contributions
Behind the scenes tour ...
Oct 2020
Loved our tour and saw things and leant things I never would have known. Well worth it,
Staff fabulous and friendly . Tour guide kept it light and interesting,
Loved seeing the kiwi eggs under light ready to hatch and incubation area etc.
Thanks...will recommend to anyone to do.
Cafe and shop good also. Well done
Written 28 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thank you so much for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your fully guided VIP Backstage Pass Tour. In partnership with The Department of Conservation and Te Runanga o Makaawhio we have hatched over 329 rowi kiwi - helping bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. Your visit to day has helped us to continue this valuable work.
Written 3 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JoRhys
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions
Awesome with Baby Kiwi born
Oct 2020
What a very informative tour behind the scene. We were very lucky to see a kiwi be born and there were 3 other Kiwi's only 3 days old. Then when we went into the adults area, they were running around and making noises. It was lovely to see.
Written 8 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
What great timing !! Thanks for the 4 star ⭐️ review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit and the VIP Backstage Pass Tour 👍
Written 9 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicky
8 contributions
Great on a quiet day
We really enjoyed our visit, staying for over an hour. We spent quite a long time watching the kiwi who were very active, watching the videos and reading the glacier and local information panels.
Was only about 10 other people around while we were there but they didn’t stay as long as us. If there was more people/children around it would likely be less enjoyable and not as worth the entry price.
Written 16 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for the 4 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit.Your entry ticket is valid of course for multiple entry for 24 hours so it allows you to come back as many times as your like representing excellent value for money -if you prefer a quieter environment.Enjoy your time in Franz Josef .
Written 17 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Billy
2 contributions
Wild life centre tour
Sep 2020 • Family
Great place very family friendly 😌❣️💕
And delish food at the cafe
Great customer service
Very interesting
Written 14 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit and your customer experience 🙏
Written 15 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: West Coast Wildlife Centre
872ptf
872ptf
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Kiwi experience like no other!
What a fabulous experience for all! we had 18 ladies and 1 man and we all loved it. Such a well oiled machine with
Jessie1306
Jessie1306
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Kool kiwis
We booked the afternoon VIP Guided backstage tour for around $60 each. Usually we are on a tight budget and would t
chefiescott
chefiescott
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Kiwis were out and about!
A great experience, great friendly staff and a really good thing to do when it’s raining. A great gift shop full of
Robby_Zhang
Robby_Zhang
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Best kiwi encounter.
The highlight is real Kiwi under your nose as long as you keep quiet. Of course stuffs are friendly and helpful.
Megan M
Megan M
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Gorgeous kiwis
Although there were only 2 kiwi in residence when we visited it was amazing to be so close to them! They were super
victoriabO2792YC
victoriabO2792YC
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Well set out centre
This was included in our package. Very similar to other kiwi centres we have been to. Two baby kiwi on display, ver
371kevenk
371kevenk
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Kiwi in the wild
After being in New Zealand for 6 years, this is the first time we have seen Kiwi in the wild. An awesome experienc
CCFB
CCFB
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Super friendly and really informative
What a great place. Great shop, best coffees and sausage rolls. Great place to pass by or eat in. Super to hear all
Kiwitravelers2013
Kiwitravelers2013
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Close up Kiwi
Very friendly informative staff lovely shop and cafe and an amazing experience being able to view the kiwis so clo
lian06
lian06
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Really worth a visit
Being a Kiwi, I’ve visited a number of parks and zoos to see our native species. This place offered the best kiwi e
gasandy1
gasandy1
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kiwis on display
Couple of young Kiwis in the viewing area ,well laid out low light area for viewing, Another area with 5 Tuatara
stephlikeskai
stephlikeskai
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Digestible education!
Great hour and a half with the tween and teen exploring glacial formation and kiwis. Greeted at the door by welcomi
PhillipB294
PhillipB294
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Rowi kiwi
Got to see 2 of the Rowi kiwi which are New Zealands most endangered. Then saw the Tuatara. There is also an inform
skelfy_2020
skelfy_2020
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Fabulous experience
Took the opportunity to visit the wildlife centre and do the backstage pass - the staff were fabulous from the mome
Liz N
Liz N
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kiwi's
great opportunity to see Kiwi up close - very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff well worth a visit when you
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