Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass

Voted one 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 island and 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 the best shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the café.

Duration 1 to 2 hours
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What's included :
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Free car parking
  • Entry/Admission - West Coast Wildlife Centre
What's excluded :
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Visit: West Coast Wildlife Centre, Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets Bright Green Building, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7886 New Zealand

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

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 rated “highly recommended” by Lonely Planet where you can see kiwi chicks and meet the friendly ranger team.

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Hotel Pickup :
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Franz Josef Wildlife Centre

Activity ID: V-47570P1

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