West Coast Wildlife Centre

West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef: Hours, Address, West Coast Wildlife Centre Reviews: 4/5

West Coast Wildlife Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lonely Planet voted the West Coast Wildlife Centre in the heart of Franz Josef as one of the 12 must see things to visit in New Zealand. This is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island and the "must see" indoor all weather attraction in Franz Josef – home to the official hatching facility for the world's 2 rarest kiwis – the Rowi and Haast Tokoeka. See live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the “Backstage Pass Tour” and see live kiwi chicks and meet the friendly kiwi ranger staff. Numbers are very limited on the 30 minute Backstage Pass Tour so booking are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The best shopping in Franz Josef can be found here inside the all weather facility -and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the cafe to keep connected to family and friends. Enjoy a coffee or a snack in the cafe – or pick up a pack lunch for your day of adventure. Open from 8.30am daily – 365 days. Set aside 1-2 hours for your visit. All tickets purchased are valid for 24 hours so you can come back and see the kiwi as many times as you like within that period !.
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Gadabout
4 contributions
Apr 2022
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 the static displays and a few interactive ones. Not cheap entry but a proportion goes to DOC who do excellent work. Also learnt heaps about Glaciers, Rock Flour, Neves etc.
Written 4 May 2022
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David G
Auckland, New Zealand139 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Amazing food and coffee
Best ever date scone and delicious home made bacon and egg pie
Fantastic
After a tour of the other brunch options we were so pleased we choose here
Written 21 April 2022
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Josie Tear
32 contributions
Feb 2022
I love this place very informative- staff very friendly and helpful. I couldn't see the Kiwis so the staff showed them to me so cute. Well done keep up the good work !
Written 20 February 2022
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Thanks for the great review and delighted that you enjoyed your experience and our team ensured that you saw the worlds rarest kiwi 🙏👍
Written 21 February 2022
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Noelene G
7 contributions
Feb 2022
It's a great place to watch kiwi and tuatara up close. Also, we got lots of information from 1 of the keepers.
Written 17 February 2022
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Thanks for the great review but I’m wondering if you can kindly adjust your star rating from 1 to 5 please as this may have been entered in error.
Written 21 February 2022
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DupZa
Invercargill, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan 2022
A must do when visiting Franz Josef. Extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, very interesting tour and a great insight into Kiwi and Tuatara. Seeing Kiwi for real was a highlight.
Written 19 January 2022
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Thanks for the five star ⭐️-delighted that you enjoyed your visit 🙏
Written 21 February 2022
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Ed R
Blenheim, New Zealand735 contributions
Jan 2022
The centre is excellent with the kiwi easy to see and a fantastic tuatara exhibit. LOTS of information about those and also glaciers and the west coast in general.
It is a wee bit pricey so shell out the extra dollars and do the VIP tour. Our guide was extremely well-spoken and friendly. I learned a lot about kiwi and tuatara and I thought I was quite well-informed!
A great example of a government-private partnership working really well. They do amazing work to protect our precious wildlife.
Written 2 January 2022
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Rich651000
Thanks Ed for the 5 Star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit .The VIP Backstage Pass Tour is really popular and to date we have incubated and hatched over 360 rowi kiwi inside our facility.With less than 600 left alive in the wild today the partnership with The Department of Conservation has proved very successful - helping to bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. Appreciate you taking the time to visit.
Written 3 January 2022
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disha
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
the wildlife centre is a great place to visit if your in the west coast. it is extremely informative and interesting as there’s lot to learn and see
Written 31 December 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks Disha for the 5 star review and really appreciate you taking the time to visit and share your experiences.Taking the time to share your review is very much appreciated.
Written 3 January 2022
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Peter F
23 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Part of package. Pouring with rain so decent option! Quiet, good info and walk through to see the kiwis in the dark....very strange litle things and we did see 2 of then, then a walk through glacier exhibition which was basic, simply explained and well enough presented. Probably better if you have youngsters but a nice way to spend an hour on a rainy day.
Written 13 November 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit 🙏👍
Written 15 November 2021
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KiwiFia
New Zealand8 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit here. The two Rowi were very inquisitive and easy to see. It was so great not having to peer through glass like at many other places. The five tuatara were really easy to see too. The displays and videos were very informative. We went back this morning to do the backlot tour. Laurie was great at sharing her knowledge. The 17 day old Rowi chick was very cute, and seeing the tuatara up close was a delight.
Written 25 October 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks for sharing your review and strong recommendation of the West Coast Wildlife Centre and delighted that you enjoyed your experience.🙏 The 40 minute personally guided Backstage Pass Tour is pretty special and our Wildlife Husbandry team led by Laurie are incredibly passionate about the valuable work that they do -and I will pass on your comments. Enjoy the rest of your time in the Franz Josef glacier region !.
Written 25 October 2021
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Linda H
1 contribution
Oct 2021
Brillant,highly recomend.Staff fadulous and friendly.Highlight was the Kiwi enclosure.The experience is something to remember for a lifetime.
Written 25 October 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks so much for the 5 star ⭐️ review and so pleased that you really enjoyed your visit.The team and I are humbled by your review and thank you for sharing your comments🙏.
Written 26 October 2021
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