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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 17 Attractions in Franz Josef
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a very cool informative and interesting piece of West Coast history and explanation of the geological make-up as well as the social history of the people. However, considering not much has altered since I last visited 15 years ago, I think it needs to catch up with the modern age. The displays are getting a tad run-down and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The backstage pass is worth doing, especially with children. You will see Kiwi's and learn about the program preserving their breed. The staff are very knowledgeable and passionate - didn't know it would be so fascinating! Worth a visit!

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Melbourne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

was good to see, not that much time needed. staff were well educated customer service staff could have been more friendly wasn't a lot to do there

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Notts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The work they are doing to help Kiwis is great. We asked lots of questions from the staff and got good informed answers. The kiwis are released back to the wild which is good and they are given light (to allow them to sleep) during our night time. We didn't like the fact that the babies are fed in bright... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was not worth it. I love that they do conservation work, but father basic entry fee was expensive and we just got to see a kiwi in the dark. The rest was static display.

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Perth, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Not a big complex but gives you a close encounter with one of NZ's locals, the kiwi. Once you adjust to the enclosure darkness you can see these little creatures drink, eat or just doing what they do. The info at the site is comprehensive and better still the pass gives you a day to come back and have another... More 

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melbourne
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Its not a long experience, but I loved seeing the Kiwis and hearing about the breeding program. It wasn't busy the day I went, so I was able to chat with guides freely, and learn at my own pace. Its not all about the kiwis though, the glaciers also feature and other wildlife! The shop is great as well... If... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I must admit from the name and the cost of entry I expected a little more, however it was a good chance to see some Kiwi birds. The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is loads of useful information. I guess I expected to see something more in terms of "wildlife" but I can't really fault the place... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Definitely stop by if you have an hour to spend. It's worth it. We saw 5 Kiwi Birds and they have a great exhibit and video shows too. The coffee at the cafe when you're done is well worth it too, given that I've found it hard to find a good cup of coffee in NZ.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Make sure you stopped by this place when in Franz Josef. It's a great place to spend few hours to get to know Kiwis and to also see them in the sanctuary. Be prepared to have some eye work out to find the four Kiwis haha. They were camouflaged really well by the settings and it's dark inside too. So... More 

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