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Westcoast Wildlife Centre

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Address: Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Absolute rip-off

This place is not at all worth the $35 entry fee. The place is tiny! A few rooms to do with kiwi preservation and a bit on the glaciers, and there was one darkened room with 2... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place is not at all worth the $35 entry fee. The place is tiny! A few rooms to do with kiwi preservation and a bit on the glaciers, and there was one darkened room with 2 kiwis that we could see, but they didn't do much. The glacier exhibits were very dull as well. You could see it all... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A brilliant sanctuary for local Kiwi birds. We took the "back stage pass" tour option and our group was only 6x people which allowed time for questions and good viewing of newly hatched chicks. In total we saw 6 kiwi birds and they are all highly cared for. The sanctuary staff provide lots of information on where donations go and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Here, in silence, and in the dark, you can see Rowi Kiwi, they are here for protection, it is not a zoo. You can think 35$ is expensive to enter, but finally, you'll be glad to help the fondation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Very cool way to see kiwis! They're nocturnal and endangered, so seeing them in the wild would be pretty difficult. If we had to do it again, we'd probably pay a bit extra to see the baby kiwis. The museum outside of the kiwi habitat is not so worth the price of admission, but we really wanted to see kiwis... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

In terms of the actual facility itself, it is really well done. The kiwi enclosure is large (ie nice room for the birds), natural-looking, and makes it easy to spot the kiwis. After the enclosure, there are various interactive displays that do a great job explaining the program, kiwis in general, and even glaciers. While expensive, I felt like we... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Avoid this experience. They have three kiwis and that's it, not worth the money, there are way better places to see a kiwi which offer better value for money. And they regularly offer $10 off the price so they are making a very nice margin. No photos either, can understand no flash, but no photos at all is ridiculous.

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We visited this place on 01/11/2014 as we could not opt for a helicopter ride due to unfavourable weather conditions. Of course, we studied places to see in Franz Josef and this was a must visit place. The main attraction was the 'Rovi' kiwis which are less than 350 in numbers right now. This is a place were we could... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is teh only place where we could actually see kiwis "live". You can see 3 of them just walking at your feet, looking for food, running, fighting a bit. It was so exciting. Kids were delighted and adults as well :-)

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Powell Butte, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I found this a bit over priced, but since it was the only place we were able to "see" live kiwis (after our eyes adjusted to the gloom and once they moved around so we could seem them), I guess you charge what the market can bear. The ladies at the counters were charming and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I took the fascinating behind the scenes tour which takes you through the kiwi hatchery. I had no idea these little birds have such a struggle to survive. The main centre shows the ecological history of the region and is interesting. Well worth an hour or two of your time.

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