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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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Visit for family of 3

The place is right in the center of franz josef. As this is a small town, parking is not an issue despite the center has its own parking lot. We take the basic tour while they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alex W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place is right in the center of franz josef. As this is a small town, parking is not an issue despite the center has its own parking lot. We take the basic tour while they have another more in depth behind the backstage tour. The basic self guided tour consist of going in to see 2 young kiwi in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What is a visit to New Zealand without seeing a Kiwi? We visited the centre as our helihike was cancelled due to bad weather. The centre share the conservation effort of the Rowi Kiwi. There was two Rowi Kiwi in the centre for us to find in the dark room. Worth a visit to support the conservation effort and look... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Westcoast Wildlife Centre implies there will be some wildlife. There were two kiwis. It was great to see them, but it was a little difficult as its so dark and there was lots if information but a presentation from a guide or similar would've been great. Entry was expensive and cafe wasn't appealing to us.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You could see kiwis close up and also learn about the current situation. There are also lots of information about the glaciers in the area. This attraction is only for seeing, not suitable for thrill seekers.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are going to visit the area, then this place is worth a visit. Informative, lots to see, read and experience although a little pricy in the gift area.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this was pricey, but it was also worth it. we went twice in the same day, the ticket allows that. the kids loved seeing the little birds up close. there were only two in there at the time, but you can crouch down and look through the glass right next to them. there is also a glacier center and lots... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

The wildlife centre was very small with only 2 rooms. One room had 2 small kiwi birds, which was kept dark and quiet for their sake. The other room had some good information and displays about the glaciers. There was some limited information about other native and introduced animals, but not enough to considered a wildlife centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

The Westcoast Wildlife Centre was very informative, you could learn a lot about kiwis and glaciers, and it was great to finally see real kiwis, but the whole centre was way smaller than expected, especially for the money you pay. We also did the backstage tour, but unfortunately we were there outside of the breeding season, so there wasn't much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Although appearing to be quite pricey you could return for a 24 hour period; the money does go towards thus important conversation project and as well as the fascinating rowi kiwis there is an interesting exhibition which teaches you a lot about the geology and wildlife of the area and the reasons kiwis are under threat. We sat and watched... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

This "wildlife centre" has literally only 3 kiwi birds (of which we could only spot 2) and THAT's IT! They charge $35NZ for it and the "centre" is merely 2 rooms with other room being some glacier replicas. Please don't waste your time and money on it.

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