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Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass provided by West Coast Wildlife Centre

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass
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About
Voted one of the 12 must-see things to visit in New Zealand by Lonely Planet, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South island and the foremost indoor, all-weather attraction in Franz Josef.  You are guaranteed to see live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, including the world's rarest kiwis.  Discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the “Kiwi Backstage Pass Tour.”  Numbers are very limited on the 30-minute Backstage Pass Tour so advanced bookings are highly recommended.  You'll also find the best shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the café.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 47570P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Free car parking
  • Entry/Admission - West Coast Wildlife Centre
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Duration
1–2 hours
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Main attraction is wheelchair friendly, but backstage pass tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Photography is restricted inside the kiwi nocturnal house but available on the kiwi backstage pass tour
  • Proof of age require if purchasing a senior ticket (over 65 years of age)
  • Cafe with food and coffee available to purchase. All major credit cards accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Free car parking
  • Entry/Admission - West Coast Wildlife Centre
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Duration
1–2 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Main attraction is wheelchair friendly, but backstage pass tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Photography is restricted inside the kiwi nocturnal house but available on the kiwi backstage pass tour
  • Proof of age require if purchasing a senior ticket (over 65 years of age)
  • Cafe with food and coffee available to purchase. All major credit cards accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Popular mentions

4.0
40 reviews
Excellent
21
Very good
11
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
3

Peter F
22 contributions
Decent enoigh experience
Nov 2021 • Couples
Part of package. Pouring with rain so decent option! Quiet, good info and walk through to see the kiwis in the dark....very strange litle things and we did see 2 of then, then a walk through glacier exhibition which was basic, simply explained and well enough presented. Probably better if you have youngsters but a nice way to spend an hour on a rainy day.
Written November 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit 🙏👍
Written November 15, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda H
1 contribution
A South Island Must Do Experience
Oct 2021
Brillant,highly recomend.Staff fadulous and friendly.Highlight was the Kiwi enclosure.The experience is something to remember for a lifetime.
Written October 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks so much for the 5 star ⭐️ review and so pleased that you really enjoyed your visit.The team and I are humbled by your review and thank you for sharing your comments🙏.
Written October 26, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lynette
3 contributions
Amazing!!
Oct 2021 • Family
Amazing experience. Richard is awesome and so helpful. Beautiful way to spend our morning. Fully recommend to all.
Written October 24, 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks for the wonderful 5 star ⭐️ review and it was a pleasure to host you . With less than 600 rowi left alive in the wild today we have incubated and hatched 🐣 over 350 -in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Te Runanga o Makaawhio -helping bring the rowi kiwi back from the very edge of instinction.Your visit has helped us to continue on this journey- many many thanks 🙏
Written October 25, 2021
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Dylan
2 contributions
Backstage tour joy
Oct 2021 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the wildlife centre, especially the backstage tour.
Amazing experience learning about the great work the centre does hatching and raising kiwi chick's so they can then be raised to self sufficient size and be released to the wild.
Friendly, informative staff.
Up close views of mature tuatara was also an incredible experience. Loved it!
Written October 23, 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and review to future potential guests to our facility.The Backstage Pass is extremely popular and provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with the rowi kiwi 🐥 chicks.The team and I really appreciate your review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit 🙏
Written October 25, 2021
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Matt W
9 contributions
Guided tour of kiwi and tuatara
Oct 2021 • Couples
We learnt lots about two of New Zealand’s most unique wildlife, the kiwi and the tuatara. The center had two kiwi to visit as part of the general admission and then a thorough exhibit on them, glaciers and the tuatara. The backstage pass included a tour of the egg incubation area, with one 16 day old chick being raised. The tuatara area had 6 adults and a separate juvenile.
Written October 23, 2021
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Rich651000
Thank you for the 5 star ⭐️ review and delighted that we were able to share highly endangered NZ Wildlife with you to enrich your knowledge. and experience.🙏
Written October 25, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

crazyjo73
Rotorua, New Zealand33 contributions
Awesome experience.
Excellent experience. We did the back stage pass and were treated to a close up look at kiwi chicks and tuatara. The staff were knowledgeable and passionate and the experience was really educational. Highly recommend.
Written October 17, 2021
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Rich651000
Thanks for sharing your review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit 👍🙏.The VIP Backstage Pass Tour is highly recommended and it’s great to receive this feedback for our incredibly passionate team 👍
Written October 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kiwi Traveller
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
Great fun at the Wildlife Centre
Oct 2021
We stopped here when we were passing through and it was absolutely fantastic!
It was definitely the best Kiwi House we had ever been to. We spent ages watching the Kiwi's and they were so close! Usually it is hard to see them but they came right up to the front and were moving around - it was great!! We learnt a lot watching the videos and reading the information. The tuataras were great too and we managed to spot five of them. There is a great gift shop so we spent about two hours there. We would definitely recommend!! The man was very friendly and so knowledgeable.
Written October 9, 2021
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Rich651000
Thank you for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit.It is always a great pleasure to share the work we do with our kiwi incubation and hatching facility with our guests and also our Tuatara Encounter !. Really appreciate you take the time to visit and to share a review with fellow travellers.
Written October 11, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Carol L
4 contributions
Great fun at the wildlife centre.
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went to the wildlife center as a wet day activity and spent a great two hours . We really enjoyed the backstage pass and learnt a lot about our most endangered kiwi the Rowi. It was amazing to see all six Tuatara out in their enclosure. The centre does important work helping look after the future of west coast kiwi.
Written September 29, 2021
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Rich651000
Thank you for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit.With less than 600 rowi kiwi left alive in the wild today -in partnership with the Department of Conservation- we have hatched 🐣 and incubated over 350 of these.Your monies from your visit have helped us continue this work🙏.
Written September 30, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LutterworthEgonRonay
Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
Little to see
Very little to see for the money

You can see a couple of Kiwi in low light, and you can see 5 stationary tuatara behind a glass screen. There is a bit of educational content for kids but that's about it.
Written June 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rich651000
Thanks for placing a review and perhaps endangered NZ wildlife was not for you ? .As the largest kiwi and incubated facility in the South Island in partnership with the Department of Conservation we have helped bring the worlds rarest kiwi back from the edge of extinction. You must have missed the Backstage Pass Tour -the Glacier interactives and displays-the West Coast Story telling area -and the wildlife films. Tuatara are incredible creatures -but you do need to stop ,look ,listen and engage with our facility- as we are not like Disney where everything pops out at you . Enjoy the rest of your time in beautiful Franz Josef.
Written June 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mudwiggle27
Marlborough Region, New Zealand29 contributions
Worth a visit
Apr 2021
Amazing experience with great knowledgeable staff. First time have seen kiwi, was a real highlight. Also found Tuataras interesting.
Written May 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the 4 star review and we are all so pleased that you really enjoyed your visit 🐣👍🙏
Written May 9, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: West Coast Wildlife Centre
KiwiFia
KiwiFia
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Well worth visiting
We really enjoyed our visit here. The two Rowi were very inquisitive and easy to see. It was so great not having to
Storyteller697046
Storyteller697046
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See rare Rowi kiwi
A good place for a wet day! Great to see the rare Rowi & learn about the conversation work being done at the centre
DiAndNick
DiAndNick
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Go and see the chicks!
What a great experience. We learnt alot about our own native bird! Friendly staff, and amazing to see the chicks so
kiwi_travels_10
kiwi_travels_10
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Very Informative
We did the self tour, armed with the info booklet they gave us and plenty of signage throughout - very informative.
Amy R
Amy R
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Kiwi spotting!
I have lived in New Zealand for almost 3 years but have never seen a kiwi - until our visit to West Coast Wildlife
872ptf
872ptf
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Kiwi experience like no other!
What a fabulous experience for all! we had 18 ladies and 1 man and we all loved it. Such a well oiled machine with
Jessie1306
Jessie1306
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Kool kiwis
We booked the afternoon VIP Guided backstage tour for around $60 each. Usually we are on a tight budget and would t
chefiescott
chefiescott
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Kiwis were out and about!
A great experience, great friendly staff and a really good thing to do when it’s raining. A great gift shop full of
Robby_Zhang
Robby_Zhang
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Best kiwi encounter.
The highlight is real Kiwi under your nose as long as you keep quiet. Of course stuffs are friendly and helpful.
Megan M
Megan M
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Gorgeous kiwis
Although there were only 2 kiwi in residence when we visited it was amazing to be so close to them! They were super
victoriabO2792YC
victoriabO2792YC
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Well set out centre
This was included in our package. Very similar to other kiwi centres we have been to. Two baby kiwi on display, ver
371kevenk
371kevenk
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Kiwi in the wild
After being in New Zealand for 6 years, this is the first time we have seen Kiwi in the wild. An awesome experienc
CCFB
CCFB
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Super friendly and really informative
What a great place. Great shop, best coffees and sausage rolls. Great place to pass by or eat in. Super to hear all
Kiwitravelers2013
Kiwitravelers2013
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Close up Kiwi
Very friendly informative staff lovely shop and cafe and an amazing experience being able to view the kiwis so clo
lian06
lian06
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Really worth a visit
Being a Kiwi, I’ve visited a number of parks and zoos to see our native species. This place offered the best kiwi e
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