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.