Voted oneÂ of 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 islandÂ and the foremost indoor, all-weather attraction in Franz Josef. Â You are guaranteed to see live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, including the world's rarest kiwis. Â Discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the âKiwi Backstage Pass Tour.â Â Numbers are very limited on the 30-minute Backstage Pass Tour so advanced bookings are highly recommended. Â You'll also find theÂ best shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the cafÃ©.
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. Â It's home to the world's twoÂ rarest kiwis: the Rowi and the Haast Tokoeka. Â The centre is a great example of a special public/private partnership with the Department of Conservation. Â 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 cafÃ©.
The centre is open every day from 8.30am. Â Please set aside at least 1 hour for your visit.Â
When you arrive, a guide can provide a 15-minute introductory talk and take small groupsÂ through the attraction. Â The guides speak English, Chinese, French, and Spanish. Â A free takeaway learning booklet is provided at no extra charge. Â 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.Â
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 ratedÂ âhighly recommendedâ by Lonely Planet where you canÂ see kiwi chicks and meet the friendly ranger team.
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