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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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Northam, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Was great to see the kiwi's and learn abit about them. We got half price tickets so was definitely worth it.

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Mosgiel, New Zealand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We have been to a lot of kiwi viewing sites and this one, with the unusually rare Rowi kiwis, gave the best and closest experience, with top notch staff. The glacier and alpine displays are very cool and informative, I highly recommend visiting this attraction.

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

A fantastic way to learn about the rare Rowi kiwi, with incredibly close viewings. Also hands on interactives about the glaciers. Well worth the visit.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We thought that this would be much bigger than it was. Essentially it is just one dark room with 2 kiwis in. There are no other animals to see! Once you leave that room, there is some information / film about kiwis and also the glaciers, but we only really came for the kiwis! Later in our trip we visited... More

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Tasman, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

a great place to see and be up close with New Zealand wild life all people visiting Franz Josef should should make time to visit.

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kuala lumpur
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I didn't expect anything but ended up just falling in love with a Kiwi! They are so cute and fluffy! Tad pricey but a must do. Take the combo with the Glacier Pools!

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

There are several Kiwi centres in NZ and I felt this one was a goodie. We were able to be very close to the kiwis, closer than other centres and we stayed with the two kiwis for a long time watching their interaction. The centre has a good display on local history/glaciers etc and of course a well stocked souvenir... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We had a look here to see the rare Rowi Kiwi, and we did see two of them. The place is quite small and pricey for what it is, but as we weren't spending our money to walk on the glacier we figured we would go. It was good, but I wouldn't rush back,

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I think this place was pretty expensive but the displays were good. I found the staff particularly unfriendly, I was a few minutes late for the backstage tour and I could see the briefing happening so could have joined but was told bluntly no it's too late even though it had only just started, it was my only day to... More

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FORT COLLINS
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I understand they are trying to raise money but this is a tourist trap. There are 2 kiwi's in the dark. This isn't much a nature center.

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