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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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What an awesome place to see. Informative, great atmosphere. Just awesome. I would say for all visitors, drop in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
southernfambam
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decent location to visit and see Kiwis at Franz Josef. Place didn't have much visitors when I visited, so I had the place to myself to view the kiwis.

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Thank William H
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an awesome place to see. Informative, great atmosphere. Just awesome. I would say for all visitors, drop in.

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Thank southernfambam
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much to see here, and very expensive for what they offer. The only thing this place has going for it is that it ostensibly protects wildlife, and is one of the only indoor things to do in Franz Josef if it's raining. The cafe is nice too.

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Thank Emma J
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank Alex W
Singapore, Singapore
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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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Thank Neko N
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

$70 for 2 children and 1 adult, 2 kiwi birds which is something amazing to see, but highway robbery, only information is available via documenterys, of course you don't mind paying for conservation but this is ridiculous.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 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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Thank HayleyWhite85
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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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Bundaberg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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