West Coast Wildlife Centre

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  • 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

West Coast Wildlife Centre - Review

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 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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TripHobo Highlights for West Coast Wildlife Centre

  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Address: Cowan St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Contact Number: +64-37520600
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Timing: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre Price: 38 USD
  • Best time to visit West Coast Wildlife Centre(preferred time): 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit West Coast Wildlife Centre: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre

  • 55.26% of people who visit Franz Josef Glacier include West Coast Wildlife Centre in their plan

  • 59.57% 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

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

88.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting West Coast Wildlife Centre

People normally club together Peters Pool and Tatare Tunnels Walk while planning their visit to West Coast Wildlife Centre.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

West Coast Wildlife Centre Trips

West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier Reviews

  • Great way to spend a wet afternoon in Franz Josef, of which there are many. The children love seeing live Kiwis - no way we could have seen them in the wild. There are quite a few upsells for packages to get closer to the birds, their breeding program, etc. The rest of the exhibit is okay. Good for the more inquisitive child.

  • Great activity for when your heli hike inevitably gets cancelled. Did see Kiwis. Active birds with staff helping find them. Rest of exhibit is well presented but more of a filler. I don't mind the cost (which is expensive) as it is going to conservation efforts.

  • These folks seem to be doing amazing work. It was really cool to see the kiwi up close, but in the end I wished I’d gotten the backstage pass. There are only the two kiwis and three tuataras on display, plus some exhibits about glaciers and the gold rush. Also, know that you can’t take pictures of the kiwis

  • The entry price is very steep! Staff were friendly and the Kiwi are amazing to see so close with no glass enclosure but we were expecting much more for our $76 for family pass. Took about 15 mins to go through but was essentially just 2 kiwi and a few Tuatara. The fact that some of the money goes to conservation takes some of the feeling of being fleeced away!

  • I visited only the souvenir shop here and not the kiwi center. They have a variety of items which I found to be priced on the higher side. There is also a small cafe here. But not great many options for vegetarian. :) They have a section of soft toys which are mostly the adorable natives birds! If you don't feel like walking around to find cheaper shops, then shop here.

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