West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef

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Home to rare rowi kiwi birds, West Coast Wildlife Centre offers interactive experiences and a behind-the-scenes look at an award-winning hatching and incubation program. A popular all-weather attraction, this sanctuary provides a range of family-oriented activities, including self-guided nature walks, kid-friendly tours, and storytelling performances. The rarest of New Zealand's rare kiwi birds, the flightless rowi remains a critically endangered species, with less than 400 individual birds left in the wild. With the Franz Josef Glacier as a backdrop, this sanctuary is the only place in New Zealand where you can see this nocturnal animal in its natural setting. The onsite gift shop sells books, toys, and souvenirs. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Franz Josef using our trip planner.
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  • Frankly, not worth the money to visit this authentic tourist trap. This is wasted time that could be better spent hiking the many trails in the area! Besides, the visits are extremely expensive!
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  • the exciting to see also the part relating to the recovery program is a little expensive $58 and do not see then what more (incubators for eggs and some Kiwis in their cages in the first weeks of life before being reinserted), although some explanations additional are interesting. The money though go to the program of repopulation of the two species most at risk ... and the path up to become adults of each egg costs 10,000 NZ dollars. The self guided tours ($38) is interesting and you see some kiwi adults at night. Overall the price is very expensive for a visit and in fact is intended as a contribution to the programme and overall it was interesting and I recommend it to those who brave support this initiative.
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  • We visited here last week. We booked to see the kiwi and were so lucky to see a two day old chick being moved from the incubation unit. It was just so cute. I have nothing but admiration for the work ...  more »
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  • The best of 5 kiwi houses I went to. Easy to see the birds. The behind the scenes tour is worth the $ and permitted kiwi photos.
  • We took the $58 tour with backstage tour. Worth it to see the kiwi up close and the staffs are super great at explaining everything of the kiwi. Glad that part of the entrance fee will go into the conservation of the baby kiwis.
  • It was the biggest thrill to see 3 2mth old roa kiwis in there natural habitat. The guide took me back on for a second look at them. Unfortunately no photos allowed.
  • I would recommend a visit to see the endangered kiwi up close and personal. They are hard to spot so allow plenty of time so that you are able to enjoy the experience. The Tuatara enclosure is also great with a number of juvenile Tuatara in full veiw again do not rush this to gain the full experience. Cameras are not permitted.
  • The backstage tour was well worth it to see and take photos of new born kiwis and learn more about how they are hatched and looked after. The general energy is also great to learn about them and see two older kiwis but you can't take photos because of the dark room. The information on the glacier is also interesting especially if you have just done the walk to the glacier. Great rainy day activity in Franz josef.

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Where to stay in Franz Josef

With the increasing popularity of the glacier among vacationers, the town of Franz Josef offers a range of accommodations to suit the needs of its many visitors. Hostels are popular in the town center, but those looking for something more upscale will also find luxury hotels. Camping is a good option if you want to get straight out into the wild. Advanced reservations are essential during peak times.
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