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Westcoast Wildlife Centre

Address: Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Ranked #14 of 18 Attractions in Franz Josef
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Melbourne, Australia
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54 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We did the backstage tour and felt it was worth the extra money. Our guide was really enthusiastic and informative, and we got to see three baby kiwis up close. One, named "Sharpie" was very active which was great. We were probably lucky to see so much activity. We also got to see some adults in the main centre. This... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We booked a backstage tour and got to see the room where the eggs are incubated, and two of the little chicks, asleep in their boxes. Laurie told us many interesting things about kiwi birds, and especially the two species that are being hatched at this centre. We could ask lots of questions and learnt new facts about these fascinating... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The tour "Backstage" is very interesting, You see Kiwi chicks and learn about the ptoblems oh breeding Kiwis on a scientific level. It is enchanting at the same time.

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Forster, New South Wales, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My 2 teenagers and myself visited this centre and "upgraded" to the backstage pass which cost us $125 entry. Basically involved a talk and short video of the breeding cycle of the kiwi and a look through the glass door of the incubation room, then a chance to see 2 newborn kiwis up close (through a glass window box) 15... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Way too much money for what it was! Yeah you see 3 kiwis but it's in complete darkness (I understand they're nocturnal) but the point I'm getting at is you can barely see them... Your not aloud to take any pictures or videos and once you've seen the kiwis there's an "information area" which is quite honestly s**t ... You... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A little overpriced at $35 - but we did get to see all the three kiwis they had up here. they seem to be doing a good job of conservation!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited the centre upon arriving in Franz Josef. The weather wasn't favourable for other activities so this was the logical destination. The admisison price was a bit high but considering that this was for a good cause we went in anyways. We saw three rowis in the dark, saw them scampering around after our eyes had adjusted to the... More 

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