Franz Josef Wildlife Center Adm With Optional Backstage Pass - Franz Josef Glacier

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Days
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Opens at 8:30am
  • Departure Details :
    West Coast Wildlife Centre
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


Voted oneof the 12 must-see things to visit in New Zealand by Lonely Planet, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South islandand the foremost indoor, all-weather attraction in Franz Josef. You are guaranteed to see live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, including the world's rarest kiwis. Discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the Kiwi Backstage Pass Tour. Numbers are very limited on the 30-minute Backstage Pass Tour so advanced bookings are highly recommended. You'll also find thebest shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the caf.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Family friendly

Know More about this tour

Based in Franz Josef and proudly NZ owned and operated, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island. It's home to the world's tworarest kiwis: the Rowi and the Haast Tokoeka. The centre is a great example of a special public/private partnership with the Department of Conservation. The centre features an indoor and all-weather facility with free Wi-Fi where you can enjoy the best NZ shopping in Franz Josef or a delicious meal in the caf.

The centre is open every day from 8.30am. Please set aside at least 1 hour for your visit.

When you arrive, a guide can provide a 15-minute introductory talk and take small groupsthrough the attraction. The guides speak English, Chinese, French, and Spanish. A free takeaway learning booklet is provided at no extra charge. All tickets purchased are valid for 24 hours. This means that guests can come in and out of the attraction as many times as they like.

During your visit, you'll be able to see live kiwi during the day inside the nocturnal house, discover the interactive glacier attraction and storytelling areas/films.

You'll also have the option to go behind-the-scenes on the Backstage Pass Tour ratedhighly recommended by Lonely Planet where you cansee kiwi chicks and meet the friendly ranger team.


  • Entrance fees
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Free car parking


  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • DVD (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Main attraction is wheelchair friendly, but backstage pass tour is not wheelchair accessible

Photography is restricted inside the kiwi nocturnal house but available on the kiwi backstage pass tour

Proof of age require if purchasing a senior ticket (over 65 years of age) 

Cafe with food and coffee available to purchase. All major credit cards accepted