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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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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Entry reasonable and the highlight was definitely seeing the kiwis. It's only a small attraction so not sure if it would be to a lot of people's liking. I mainly went to support the conservation work they do.

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Severna Park, Maryland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were almost turned off from the outside, it looks a bit tacky and we only chose to go because we had 2 open hours in our schedule. What a jewel in the middle of Franz Josef! They do a fine job of educating you on climate change, the importance of the glacial ice, and of course, the kiwis. I... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My partner and I got a pass with our glacier tour. We were not expecting much..... but wow really? 2 kiwi's, then you walk through some doors and that's it. Its great they help the kiwis but I would have felt extremely ripped off if we had paid for the tickets. Unfortunate for us, I would have much preferred the... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
24 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

It's all about helping Kiwis, but for $60 we really expected much more than 2 Kiwis, which were in such dark conditions, it was almost impossible to see them, and a few short videos. Save the Kiwis, sure, but this is on the edge of being so expensive no one is going to pay!

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Northam, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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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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123 reviews 123 reviews
49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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