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West Coast Wildlife Centre
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$28.32*
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Franz Josef Wildlife Center Adm with Optional...
Ranked #8 of 33 things to do in Franz Josef
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Lonely Planet voted the West Coast Wildlife Centre in the heart of Franz Josef as one of the 12 must see things to visit in New Zealand. This is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island and the "must see" indoor all weather attraction in Franz Josef – home to the official hatching facility for the world's 2 rarest kiwis – the Rowi and Haast Tokoeka. See live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the “Backstage Pass Tour” and see live kiwi chicks and meet the friendly kiwi ranger staff. Numbers are very limited on the 30 minute Backstage Pass Tour so booking are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The best shopping in Franz Josef can be found here inside the all weather facility -and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the cafe to keep connected to family and friends. Enjoy a coffee or a snack in the cafe – or pick up a pack lunch for your day of adventure. Open from 8.30am daily – 365 days. Set aside 1-2 hours for your visit. All tickets purchased are valid for 24 hours so you can come back and see the kiwi as many times as you like within that period !.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 8, 2012

There was lots of rain and hence we chose to visit this place. For 24 NZD a person, we were expecting more...there were only 3 kiwis although we could see only 2 of them...there's not much else except a few photographs of the glaciers and a presentation on the native wildlife.
Although, it is understandable that part of the money goes towards preservation of the kiwis, still pretty steeply priced.

Thank Praveen K
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

to see 2 kiwi birds and a boring display; you had to pay even more to see the hatchery. It was really disappointing

Thank Cheryl and Stew... D
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

You pay your money for the standard tour, enter a doorway to a darkened room appox 30m long divided into two sections and see just two kiwis (or three uf you're lucky). Then you pass through fibreglass glacier structures and are presented with backlit screens informing you about the area, rainfall, glaciation, etc. Good cafe though and at least the money goes towards rare kiwi conservation. Save your money and go to the free I-site instead. From my POV this is a rainy day rip off and should cost a lot less.

Thank BarryfromCornwall
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

It's rare to see kiwis, so the wildlife center is a great place to see them.

However, the entrance fee is a bit steep considering the fact there isn't too much to see to make the visit long and worthwhile. The kiwis are really the main attraction... depending on how badly you want to see them, it may or may not be worth the price.

Thank hollyholz
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Forty dollars to see four penguins snuffling about in the dark, with not even the opportunity to take no-flash photographs - not worth the money.

Save it and have a tramp around the woods at night instead!

Thank AngusDiver
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