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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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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1–2 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • 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
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • 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.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 47570P1
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)
Duration
1–2 hours
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
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)
Duration
1–2 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
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
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
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.0
41 reviews
Excellent
22
Very good
11
Average
3
Poor
2
Terrible
3

Nicky
9 contributions
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.

Josephine H
13 contributions
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
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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
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Laura Anderson
2 contributions
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
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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.

kelseys386
Katherine2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Paid nearly $160 for four adults to view one kiwi and a lizard. All we could see of the kiwi was a disembodied beak pecking at a dog food bowl. Complete waste of money.
Written 19 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kia ora Kelsey That is such a disappointing review for the dedicated team and myself - but i guess seeing and respecting highly endangered NZ wildlife was certainly not for you. We are the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island and in partnership with the Department of Conservation -have helped bring the rowi kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. I'm thinking you were looking for a more man made experience as its a bit harsh to refer to our national bird as having a disembodied beak ? Kiwi forrage naturally in the environment here and search out meal worms and native insects in the soil found inside our wooded area. Our attraction best suits the guests who are genuinely interesting in endangered NZ Wildlife ( the rowi kiwi is rarer than the Giant Panda ) and honestly prepared to invest time to stop, look,listen and engage in the facility - a bit like investing time in life really. Tuatara are also highly endangered reptile ( not a lizard - the only living member of the order Rhynchocephalia, which flourished around 200 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs ! ) with a 3rd eye which makes them incredibly rare and has helped us all to better understand Sudden Infant Cot Syndrome ( for example ) - information we share throughout our facility and on our Backstage Pass Tours. So sorry this experience and information was of no interest to you. Do enjoy the rest of your time in NZ ..
Written 22 January 2020
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RandiFayeC
Longwood, FL1,024 contributions
Feb 2020
Happy to support the wildlife center - recommend the kiwi behind the scenes tour.
Start by touring upstairs - if lucky, you can see a kiwi or two in their "habitat" as one stage of the rescue process. There are also exhibits on glaciers and the Tuatara (there is a behind the scenes tour for them as well).
We were able to also see some kiwis in incubators and learn more about the rescue program from a lovely and knowledgeable guide.
The gift shop is very good too - and further supports the center!
Buy tickets online for a small discount
Written 18 March 2020
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Rich651000
Thank you both for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. To date we have hatched over 320 rowi kiwi and with less than 500 left alive in the wild today-and In partnership with the Department of Conservation- we are all making a significant conservation difference. By visiting today you are also helping -as funds from your entry ticket go directly back into helping us continue the work required. Thanks again for placing a review and safe travels home ...
Written 20 March 2020
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kiwisahoy
Auckland, New Zealand138 contributions
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
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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
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Matt W
9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We learnt lots about two of New Zealand’s most unique wildlife, the kiwi and the tuatara. The center had two kiwi to visit as part of the general admission and then a thorough exhibit on them, glaciers and the tuatara. The backstage pass included a tour of the egg incubation area, with one 16 day old chick being raised. The tuatara area had 6 adults and a separate juvenile.
Written 23 October 2021
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Rich651000
Thank you for the 5 star ⭐️ review and delighted that we were able to share highly endangered NZ Wildlife with you to enrich your knowledge. and experience.🙏
Written 25 October 2021
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JoRhys
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand78 contributions
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
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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
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Paul Hill
Wroughton, UK319 contributions
Kathy and I visited this place whilst staying in Franz Josef and thoroughly enjoyed the highly in-depth back stage tour.

The tour quite was very knowledgeable and passionate about Kiwis, unfortunately there where no eggs or baby’s to see on this occasion as the breading season is from August to late December January. And the one Kiwi that we could see was asleep (they are nocturnal)

However we did get to see one foraging around inside the normal sanctuary.

My wife was over the moon with the experience non the less and I had almost no knowledge of a kiwi prior to this but now have a wealth of knowledge! And they’re nothing like I thought they where.

Personally I found it a little expensive for the back stage tour as I could see just the same if not better in the normal sanctuary but the experience was great non the less.

Recommend!
Written 6 January 2020
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Thanks for placing a 4 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit.
Written 22 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kelly H
Christchurch, New Zealand61 contributions
Aug 2020
We were given entry to the Wildlife Centre as part of our "Coasters Pass". This is the first time I've actually managed to see a kiwi despite having visited a few kiwi houses in the past. We were mesmerized by the Rowi which were going about their "nightly" activity right in front of us - clearly full of character and happy in their environment. Cant imagine how special it must be to see them in the wild!

Thanks to those at the Wildlife Centre and all the work they are doing to give the Rowi a chance at a future (-;
Written 24 August 2020
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Rich651000
Thank you Kelly for the great review and for visiting the West Coast Wildlife Centre. With less than 500 rowi left alive in the wild today -in partnership with DOC and iwi -we have hatched over 320 of these -helping bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the edge of extinction. Your visit has helped us continue this work as a privately owned facility -and delighted that you enjoyed your experience.
Written 25 August 2020
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By: West Coast Wildlife Centre
Linda D
Linda D
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Fulfilling Experience
Great experience with great friendly staff. A real insight into the work they are doing to save the Kiwi especially
MargJ20
MargJ20
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Wildlife Centre worth a visit
We went first thing in the morning due to the weather being a bit wet. What a great experience seeing the kiwi and
I_Savvy_Woman
I_Savvy_Woman
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Viewed a rare Kiwi - Rowi
If it's wet, this is a great way to spend the afternoon. Did the self-guided tour & took our time to look at all t
davidgC4241ZK
davidgC4241ZK
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A great kiwi experience of fantastic homemade food
Amazing food and coffee Best ever date scone and delicious home made bacon and egg pie Fantastic After a tour of t
MyRoadTrip21
MyRoadTrip21
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Interesting Place .
I love this place very informative- staff very friendly and helpful. I couldn't see the Kiwis so the staff showed
NoeleneG_13
NoeleneG_13
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Excellent view of kiwi and tuatara
It's a great place to watch kiwi and tuatara up close. Also, we got lots of information from 1 of the keepers.
DupZa
DupZa
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Must see in Franz Josef
A must do when visiting Franz Josef. Extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, very interesting tour and
KiwiFia
KiwiFia
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Well worth visiting
We really enjoyed our visit here. The two Rowi were very inquisitive and easy to see. It was so great not having to
Storyteller697046
Storyteller697046
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See rare Rowi kiwi
A good place for a wet day! Great to see the rare Rowi & learn about the conversation work being done at the centre
DiAndNick
DiAndNick
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Go and see the chicks!
What a great experience. We learnt alot about our own native bird! Friendly staff, and amazing to see the chicks so
kiwi_travels_10
kiwi_travels_10
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Very Informative
We did the self tour, armed with the info booklet they gave us and plenty of signage throughout - very informative.
Amy R
Amy R
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Kiwi spotting!
I have lived in New Zealand for almost 3 years but have never seen a kiwi - until our visit to West Coast Wildlife
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
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