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Westcoast Wildlife Centre

Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Ranked #14 of 16 attractions in Franz Josef
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

unfortunately, we are really disappointed- this wild life center hosts 2 kiwis in a dark environment and the information following shows scary pictures of they enemys list plus a big souvenir shop!.. that's just one-way thinking without a overall view for natural environments. not worth the money at all!!

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Relatively sure that they are in business because of heli-hikes being cancelled. The astronomical prices for (hardly) seeing 2 kiwis was really quite disappointing. However, if your hike was cancelled, this at least helps you check "seeing kiwis" off the bucket list.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

After being told that out heli-hike had been cancelled due to bad weather we were start hung around for things to do in Franz Josef and alighted on this place. It portrays itself as a wildlife centre but is actually a conservation project for two endangered species of the kiwi bird. The family ticket is not at all cheap for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ok, so you don't get to see many kiwis but taking the behind the scenes pass made it worthwhile....learning all about the kiwis & how they are saving it ...great tour!

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Sydney, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit. Friendly staff We visited here and seen kiwi birds in a darkened environment. You can also purchase a backstage pass that takes you into the breeding area where they are breeding the worlds rarest kiwi. Heaps of interesting information.

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Bangalore, India
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Nothing great apart from the kiwis in the dark there - but for the price you pay you cant even take a picture inside (although I understand that its for the kiwis; errr!). First you would think that its expensive as their ticket is valid for the whole day but why would you come again to this place on the... More

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Darwin, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

can say ive seen a kiwi, but it was dark. only 3 there. very expensive and took 5 minutes to walk round whole place so sat on sofa at end to get a bit of moneys worth

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New Zealander
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had an overseas visitor with us so we chance the tourist thing not expecting much. However the chance to see the Kiwis up close and personal without glass was wonderful and as we were the first visitors on opening, we had a long uninterrupted quiet time to simply enjoy them. The educational side of the kiwi exhibit was good.... More

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London
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5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We really enjoyed the opportunity to see the kiwi, and were delighted by a display with a couple of them running around. The rest of the centre was also very interesting, but it felt quite pricey for what it actually was.

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Perth
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I got to see 3 kiwis fairly close. But that was it. for $30, it seemed over priced. There was an educational component which was okay. Mostly about the glaciers though. I wouldn't recommend visiting unless you have money to burn.

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