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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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See Kiwi in real life!

Although this was interesting - it was quite compact - and overall I thought the price was quite high for what was on offer. Staff are helpful and informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Although this was interesting - it was quite compact - and overall I thought the price was quite high for what was on offer. Staff are helpful and informative.

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Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was a great place to see cute little kiwis they take eggs from the wild see the story of how and why they hatch kiwis then they are released back into the wild! Was happy to pay admission as it goes to the sanctuary. It was not permitted to take photos or videos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a little centre raising money for the kiwi sanctuary programme. If you think of it that way you won't be disappointed. It is the only way that you are likely to actually see any of these shy, nocturnal and very rare birds. There is an exhibition with information about kiwis, including an interesting video, followed by a darkened... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

cost seemed to be high and said give 2 hours for viewing. only 2 kiwis after 10 minutes of watching them you return to the gift area and that's it.

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Naracoorte, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you are going to go here and are interested in the Kiwi's, pay the extra for the backstage tour - it was so eye-opening! We were so lucky when going through the general area that the Kiwi was right up against the fenced area, we literally could have touched him (but of course we didn't.) It was one of... More 

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

...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

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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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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