West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef GlacierCurrently Closed
- Address: Cowan St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +64-37520600
- Ticket Price: 38 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Family And Kids, Nature, Conservation Centre
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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Things to Know Before Visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre
95% of people who visit Franz Josef Glacier include West Coast Wildlife Centre in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
62.47% of people start their West Coast Wildlife Centre visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see West Coast Wildlife Centre
82.02% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre
West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier Reviews
We had a very warm and welcoming staff give us a VIP tour down to see the baby kiwi and incubation rooms. It was hailing very hard and very cold when we came in September, and the lady got us warm by the fire before taking us on the tour. Exceptional Customer service - thank you very much! Hope the Kiwis are well :) 100% recommend to anybody; you need to see the kiwis!
Absolute waste of money. I would not recommend this place at all. Very expensive for what it is. I honestly have no problem spending money on holidays but this place made me feel robbed. All the reviews here about only lasting approximately 15 minutes are true. The glacier section smelt of stale wee and it seemed like all they wanted was for you spend money on more extremely overpriced items in their gift shop. I really wish I read these reviews first.
If you'd like to see some kiwi birds, this is the place to come. We learnt a lot about the native kiwi and their varieties here. After walking through the kiwi enclosure, you'll go through to the glacier and West coast parts of the centre, with plenty of info and interactive exhibits. A well stocked gift shop and cafe to boot. Enjoy.
Looks great, didn't have time to go in and it was expensive but it looks good enough to try for next time. Great cafe and good ice creams available too.
The expensive entry price was daunting but reluctantly paid as I believed I was entering a “wildlife” exhibit. What we saw were two beautiful Kiwis in enclosures that were hot and humid. That was it and it lasted approximately 15 mins max. The plastic glacier room smelt like wee and was very unpleasant. I am only hoping that our money did go to conserving the Kiwi population and not some fat bellied business man! Snap