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Address: Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: +64-3-752-0600
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Lovely little place to visit

Not a huge place but informative and doing good with the little kiwis. Defo worth going just to be able to watch the rowis in action and to get some interesting info on the small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Samantha C

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Vonore, Tennessee
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638 reviews
375 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 741 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We read mixed reviews from wonderful to disappointing. Well, we are definitely in the "we think it's wonderful" category. It was a highlight of our trip up the west coast. The key is to do the backstage visit. We first walked through reading the videos and watching the film-- and watching the e one adult and two juvenile kiwis in... More 

Thank Torte_Sue
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We picked up the leaflet for this attraction at. Greymouth and thought we would make a special effort to visit as our daughter loves any animal or wildlife. The young lady who took our money ($120 for six adults) explained that once our eyes got used to the darkness we would see a kiwi and if we were lucky we... More 

Thank Diane C
Highworth, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised. The staff gave well informed guidance to the Kiwi conservation centre to see eggs being incubated and chicks developed. Saw Kiwis close up in near natural habitat.

Thank Ian W
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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139 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 698 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was lucky to see two birds in the centre. The lighting is set up so that the birds are not disturbed, which makes viewing difficult but it’s worth the trouble. There is also a lot of information about the conservation programme and also about glaciers.

Thank ZinamonKveen
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not a huge place but informative and doing good with the little kiwis. Defo worth going just to be able to watch the rowis in action and to get some interesting info on the small creatures.

Thank Samantha C
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing these amazing birds close up is breath-taking. They are truly unique and we are so lucky to have them as one of our national icons.

Thank charlie572
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This centre should be on your to do list. A rare opportunity to see kiwis. You do need to be patient and quiet in the room, however it is worth it. Would recommend a visit as soon as the centre opens, as this is when kiwis are awake and most active. Glacial display is also well done.

Thank AnitaandAinslie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wildlife center is great little place to visit in Franz Josef. Although the price is a little steep, the money goes towards the Rowi Kiwi breading product. To see one of these animals up close was pretty cool. Theres also a lot of info in the building in regards to glaciers and stuff which was all very informative.

Thank Rikt87
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to Franz Josef for a few days and unfortunately it was raining for our stay. So we decided to visit the wildlife centre as there isn't really much else to do. Although admission fee is a bit pricey for what you get, everything goes towards saving these beautiful animals. There was two kiwi birds in the enclosure, loved... More 

Thank Olivia C
Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once my yes adjusted to the dark, I spotted movement in th bush and saw my first live kiwi! They were bigger than I expected and one was far more excitable, running around in circles. I could've spent a good hour just watching them! The exhibition itself was full of facts and well put together. Didn't think much of the... More 

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