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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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This is all about the kiwis...

...and the kiwis are wonderful. Amazing to see them so close. The rest of the attraction is brief which isn't great at the cost (go to bookme.co.nz to bring the price down a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

...and the kiwis are wonderful. Amazing to see them so close. The rest of the attraction is brief which isn't great at the cost (go to bookme.co.nz to bring the price down a touch) but as others have said this might be best thought of as a donation to the work of the charity. The glacier display is cheap looking... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Amazing to see the kiwis up close and in their natural habitat (or as close as could be). They are nocturnal - so the viewing room is quite dark and you need to acclimatise your eyes. A little on the expensive side to go in, but worth it when you consider the funding goes towards preserving this very special bird.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I agree with the other reviewers who said this was an expensive attraction, but I really enjoyed it! Seeing the rare kiwi bird was a great, unique experience and one I recommend during a visit to New Zealand. During our visit we saw four kiwis in a dark enclosure. The two adult kiwi birds were quite active. One on them... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Shush, and keep your eyes peeled in the dark: live kiwis at work. Plus an educational glacier display. Good coffee and souvenir shopping. An hour or two well spent.

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NEW ZEALAND
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great that it supports " saving the Kiwi " but Wildlife Centre, when the only wild life was the Kiwis ??

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Bad weather spoiled my visit to Franz Josef as I was not able to visit the glacier but in the rain I had time to visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre, which does important work for breeding and repopulating the kiwis of New Zealand. Tickets are very expensive but as kiwis are very hard to see in the wild, if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Sadly, we found this attraction was not value for money. Whilst it was good to see the 2 kiwi, their captive behaviour is not natural. Plastic snow & ice, & a big gift shop are not what we expected at FranzJosef. As a family we were disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Although this Centre initially looks small it houses a fascinating facility to promote the future of the local Kiwi birds. You are able to learn about the bird's history and demise. See them in their environment happily living in their nocturnal house. Also their habitat is discussed including the local geology of the Glacier.We paid extra to see behind the... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Take your time with this attraction and not only do you get to see Kiwis up close without glass in the way but you also get an insight into other local wildlife and glaciers. Finish with a cup of their excellent coffee and watch the video of the antics of Keas - it is up on the wall and most... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I found it was very expensive to watch two kiwis running around in near total darkness, maybe they should issue night vision goggles as you enter. The rest of the exhibit was pretty ordinary as well, an ABC TV documentary and some other displays. Not somewhere I'd recommend.

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