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

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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 $62.00
Child $26.00 (5 - 15 years)

What's included

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

Location

  • Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef

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.

    Please ensure that you arrive ten minutes prior to your tour as the tours depart on time and if you are late, you will miss out.

  • 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 30 Jun to 06 Jul 2022

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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4.6

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Carla from Australia wrote on 06 December 2018

Good experience

The backstage tour was informative and good value. I loved getting to hear loads about these critically endangered little animals. I was expecting to see lots of kiwis, but there was only 4 at the sanctuary. Despite this I would definitely recommend going to check this place out as part of any NZ trip.

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sarahbarker from New Zealand wrote on 19 April 2022

Very worthwhile

Having the backstage tour really added to the experience, we gained lots of additional info and would highly recommend it

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annem14 from New Zealand wrote on 08 April 2022

A great, informative session.

Such a great session! Lots of information from Karen, who is clearly passionate about our animals!

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

Thanks so much for the 5-star review and delighted that you enjoyed your VIP Backstage Pass Tour - will pass on your comments to our passionate team!

Nicole Lee from Australia wrote on 05 May 2018

No kiwis

There were no kiwis and you couldn't see the 2 that were there it was too dark and no photos allowed

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

Kia ora Nicole Thanks for the review but i think you must have visited a different facility as we guarantee that you will see a kiwi and we usually have 1-2 rowi kiwi in our nocturnal house. The Department of Conservation do not allow photography ( it is illegal in NZ ) in a nocturnal house and the infa red light is designed so that after a few minutes your eyes will usually adjust nicely to the darker environment. Our team however do have an infa red torch available and will walk with you back into our natural nocturnal house and help you as required. Because all our kiwi go back to live in the wild we have a very natural environment and our attraction best suits the guests who is prepared to invest their time time to stop, look,engage,listen and learn. Thanks for visiting. Regards Richard Owner

skiwi from New Zealand wrote on 28 March 2022

A Great day out in Franz Josef

A great time to be hold especially if you get their back stage pass. Will worth the money as it goes to the Kiwi & Tuatara. Once you done the back stage part it easy to spend plenty off time with the rest of the activities . Spend about 1/2 hour trying to see the kiwis, but they are there you just need to be patient and stands still to find them.

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