West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Cowan St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
Ticket Price: 38 USD
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier
Nominated as the 12 must-visit places to see in New Zealand by many travel portals, this interactive center is perfect for visitors of all age groups. And the primary reason is that this center is the residence for the rarest kiwi of New Zealand. Another factor that makes it so popular because of its entire structure where wildlife, nature and conservation are brought together to create perfect ambience for the hatching process of these kiwis – Rowi and Haast Tokoeka. Go for their self-guided indoor tour where you can see the kiwi living within the natural bush. Else opt for backstage pass tour where you get the glimpse of the backstage scene about hatching and incubation program.
All in all, this interactive center is perfect to learn more about the kiwis of New Zealand. Visit this center before these species becomes part of the history.
West Coast Wildlife Centre Ticket Prices
- Price for all day pass for adults: 38USD
- Children: 20USD
- Senior, Students: 32USD
- Family: 85 USD
West Coast Wildlife Centre Opening and Closing Hours
- Backstage Tour Starts At : 11:00pm, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm everyday.
How To reach West Coast Wildlife Centre by Public Transport
- Nearby Bus Station: Glow Worm Cottages (Franz Josef)&Terrace Motel (Franz Jozef)
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West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier Reviews - Write a Review
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.
I'd say it's rather lacklustre, regardless of the admission price. While I do admire their conservation efforts, the admission fee is a little high at $38 for, perhaps, 30 minutes' worth of content. One of the exhibits had a missing part too, and the general layout felt a little bit jarring to me. To their credit, I did see two kiwis in the dimly red-lit room (since kiwis are nocturnal animals, after all), but other than that, some tuataras, and some displays, that's about it. I didn't check out the backstage passes, or anything other than the admission pass -- those may be quite a bit more interesting, but YMMV.
Complete and utter rip off. Rename this as a kiwi conservation center with a mandatory donation- people will be ok with helping. But to call it an attraction is an absurdity. We barely saw one kiwi bird, 3 reptiles ("dinosaurs"), and some plastic ice - @$38/ person...
The souvenier shop has more space than the kiwi-encounter :( this is max 10 m long and 2m wide- thats it! Not worth to pay the 38$ - you better spend it in the shop! After i bought the tickets we are told that is not allowed to take pictures - i had my camera around my neck when i but the tickets! Nobody in the shop know the reason for this rule - i have no flash on my highend camera (eos1dx) to disturbe the birds... but no way - i was told when i use my camera i would be thrown out!
It is really lovely to see all the hard work you are doing to preserve the kiwi. However, I think you need to review you admission cost to view the birds, or rename it a mandatory donation. I wouldn't recommend this now knowing there are other wildlife centres like the one in Queenstown with more to offer.