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Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre VIP Guided Backstage Pass Tour

Experience the amazing West Coast Wildlife Centre, home of the rare kiwi, complete with a guided backstage tour and fascinating Tuatara Encounter!

The VIP Guided Backstage Pass Tour is a combo ticket including West Coast Wildlife Centre entry PLUS a guided 30-45 minute informative tour with one of our Kiwi Rangers through the incubation and chick rearing facility. You'll also enjoy a fascinating Tuatara encounter where you can view up-close the prehistoric tuatara that is endemic only to New Zealand.

The Backstage Pass is hugely popular – especially during the summer months - and is classed as a ‘Top Pick’ by Lonely Planet Travel Guides.

Visitors will see where and how eggs are processed when they first arrive at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. They will learn about incubation procedures and take a look at the room where the eggs are cared for. Finally, visitors will get a chance to view the Brooder Room where the kiwi chicks are housed and reared during their time with us.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is an all-weather visitor attraction located in Franz Josef. The centre is the sole provider of the BNZ Operation Nest Egg TM incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand's rarest Kiwi, the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. Since opening in 2010 the West Coast Wildlife Centre has successfully raised and released over 240 Kiwi Chicks.

West Coast Wildlife Centre entry gives visitors the very special chance to view juvenile Rowi in a natural walk through Nocturnal House setting. This self-guided attraction also includes educational and interactive displays and wildlife films offering an opportunity to learn about the Glacier and the unique West Coast region.

Adult $57.00
Child $28.00 (5 - 15 years)

What's included

  • Wildlife Centre Entry
  • 30 - 45 Minute Guided Tour
  • Tuatara Encounter

Notes

  • Conditions: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child age is 15 years and under.

    Please Note: The Backstage Pass requires a good level of understanding of English and is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

  • Non-flash photography is permitted on the Backstage Pass under close supervision by your Kiwi Ranger guide. All kiwi chicks will be viewed behind glass.

    Kiwi chicks will be available to view on the Backstage Pass tour from October to March (subject to change and breeding season)

Available Bookings from February 28 to March 06

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Lina from New Zealand wrote on 11 February 2021

Worthy cause

Friendly and informative guide..kiwis & tuataras up close..brilliant!

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Phyllis Belworthy from New Zealand wrote on 09 February 2021

Awesome

Very informative and interesting. Wonderful to see baby kiwi and learn about them and also the tuatara

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Derryn from New Zealand wrote on 29 December 2020

Fantastic experience

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit especially the behind the scene tour. Thorougjly recommend it as an activity.

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Melanie from New Zealand wrote on 07 December 2020

Amazing experience

We had a great time at the Wildlife Centre. We did the 10am tour and saw the kiwi chicks awake. Our tour guide was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge about the kiwis and the tuataras. I would highly recommend going there!

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angelap15 from New Zealand wrote on 06 December 2020

Great place to visit

Friendly staff, great tour and cute wildlife to view!

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