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West Coast Wildlife Centre

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West Coast Wildlife Centre

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Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets Bright Green Building, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7886 New Zealand
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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Hidden beneath the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island, shimmering Lake Mapourika is widely considered the jewel in Westland’s crown. Using Franz Joseph as a base, take to the water with your guide. With all equipment provided, stay warm and dry, and discover a world of native tree and bird life on the lakeside. High-quality digital photos are provided with each tour.
US$95.73 per adult
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232vkt wrote a review 6 Jan
Arrowtown, New Zealand25 contributions13 helpful votes
Great Kiwi experience, especially on a rainy day. Even the teen enjoyed it! Informative staff and great little cafe (and fire to warm up)! Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Rich651000, Owner at West Coast Wildlife Centre
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the 5 star review and the team and I are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Great that all the family (incl the teenager !) really enjoyed the visit !!
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MaryvdbM wrote a review 3 Jan
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We were pleasantly surprised by our experience here, especially the wonderful information they offer about the glaciers!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Rich651000, Owner at West Coast Wildlife Centre
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks Mary for the 5 star ⭐️ review and delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Hope that you enjoyed your time in Franz Josef and thank you for making the time to enjoy our attraction and seeing the worlds rarest kiwi -that in partnership with the Department of Conservation -have helped bring back from the very edge of extinction.
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Megadyptes Antipodes wrote a review 1 Jan
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions3 helpful votes
A thoroughly educational and heartwarming experience getting close to rowi—rarest of the 5 surviving species of kiwi—and tuatara. I recommend the activity to Kiwis as well as visitors from overseas. I’m a conservationist and I was blown away by the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, the way in which the experience is being run, and the success of the public-private partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Bank of New Zealand. We visited the centre on 2 consecutive days: general entry on the first day and guided experience on the second day. The experience is worth every dollar spent.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the 5 star review and the team and I are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. With less than 550 rowi kiwi left alive in the wild today -in partnership with the Department of Conservation- we have incubated and hatched over 350 of these helping bring our rarest of kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. Your visit has helped contribute funds so that we can continue with this work. Enjoy the rest of your time in magical Franz Josef and thanks again for taking the time to visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre 🙏
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Millie wrote a review 1 Jan
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A must visit place. Got to see live kiwi running around, friendly staff and a great cafe to top it all off. Definitely try the sweet potato fries !!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the 5 star review and delighted that you enjoyed your visit and of course the local food in our cafe ! The sweet potato fries are extremely popular and our guests tell us we make the best coffee in Franz Josef. Appreciate you taking the time to share your review .
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matt_goldsack wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Interesting place to visit when in town, but beware, it is small and over with very quickly. Whilst we justified the expensive price by knowing we were supporting their great conservation efforts, cant help but feel a little bit ripped off.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Rich651000, Owner at West Coast Wildlife Centre
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora Matt Appreciate you taking the time to place a review. Our award winning attraction does not suit everybody -as you do need to take your time and guests often tell us that the more you put into the attraction -the more you will get out of it -just like life really. However we are the largest kiwi incubation and hatching facility in the South Island and in partnership with the Department of Conservation have helped to bring the rowi kiwi back from the very edge of extinction. You may have missed our Tuatara Encounter -West Coast Story Telling areas or our numerous Natural History Wildlife films -or perhaps the VIP Backstage Pass Tours ?.Our entry tickets are great value for money as you can come back in as many times as you want-for no additional charge -over a 24 hour period.
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