West Coast Wildlife Centre

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The West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef is home to two of the rarest kiwi species: the Okarito (or rowi) and Haast tokoeka (a sub-species of the southern brown kiwi). You can see these endangered birds in a nocturnal walk-through area in the centre and it is also possible to buy the Backstage Kiwi Pass ticket combo that lets you go behind the scenes to learn about the kiwi breeding programme.

There is also a tuatara backstage tour and the centre also features an exhibit about the glaciers

This is an all-weather indoor attraction that is a great option when the weather isn’t suitable for helicopter flights and glacier hikes.

Our address

Corner Cowan and Cron Streets, Franz Josef
Telephone (03) 752 0600
Website www.wildkiwi.co.nz
Admission $38; backstage pass $58

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  • Jason, 23 Mar 2016

    Learn about endangered rare kiwis, ignore the entrance price, it's worth every cent to do something good

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  • Jas, 04 Feb 2014

    There are 3 kiwis inside!

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  • Edward, 09 Mar 2013

    Great place to see live Kiwis and maybe even a chick. Money goes toward helping this rare species of bird. Only 375 individuals left.

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  • Carlo, 10 Dec 2010

    Make sure to check out the newly hatched chicks on the Backstage Tour and help support the kiwis!

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