West Coast Wildlife Centre Day Pass

Wheelchair friendly
5.01 review

Highlights & inclusions

See New Zealand’s rarest wildlife
Kids interactive tour
Fascinating West Coast story telling
Suitable for guests of all ages

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Sat, Jun 15, 2024

What you can expect

The true "Home of the Kiwi" in New Zealand, the **West Coast Wildlife Centre** on NZ's South Island is an essential stop on any holiday itinerary in the region looking for an authentic New Zealand experience! Of all the five different species of Kiwi, the Wildlife Centre is home to the rarest - the Rowi and the Haast Tokoeka - which have become endangered due to a combination of predators and habitat destruction. See these extremely cute birds face to face, all within a beautiful natural setting that encapsulates the best possible combination of New Zealand's famous flora and fauna.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre also rekindles the cultural aspect of the region, bringing to life stories of the West Coast's original inhabitants that range from the distant past evolution of Franz Josef Glacier through to more modern times with the inception of hunting and gold-mining. Grab a ticket to this great facility and see New Zealand's icon on full display at the West Coast Wildlife Centre!


What you need to know

  • All day pass
  • Food and beverages
  • _Kiwi Backstage Pass_
  • See the world’s rarest kiwi – up close and personal
  • This is an optional extra after purchasing your entry ticket
  • Meet our kiwi wildlife ranger
  • Your exclusive and personal “behind the scenes tour” to see the world’s rarest kiwis breeding and incubation programme
  • Tours depart at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm daily.
  • New Zealand’s rarest kiwi
  • Kids interactive tour
  • West coast wildlife movies
  • Fascinating West Coast story telling
  • From the rich history surrounding gold-mining and hunting, through to the incredible evolution of the famous Franz Josef glacier itself
  • Features indoor attraction with rowi kiwi, café and retail shop
  • The indoor attraction is suitable for guests of all ages
Operating Hours
  • Open every day of the year from 8.30am including Christmas Day
  • October - March: 8.30am - 8.00pm
  • April - September: 8.30am - 6.00pm
  • From Christchurch International Airport follow the signs to Arthurs Pass and the West Coast
  • Travel through Hokitika and you will find us just 90 minutes south of Hokitika on the road down to Haast and Queenstown
Additional Information
  • Set aside 45 minutes for your visit, but your ticket allows unlimited entry within 24 hours
  • If you are interested in a behind the scenes tour, allow half an hour for a guided tour through our incubation facility
  • Suggested visit duration is 1 - 2 hours
  • Child rate applies to children between 5-15years old. Children under 5 can enter free of charge
Cancellation Policy
  • Once a booking is made no cancellations or refunds will be accepted.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of your purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

Recent reviews

51 review

It's cheaper if you book with Experience Oz than pay $55 at the counter to include the Backstage Kiwi Pass

It's cheaper if you book with Experience Oz than pay $55 at the counter to include the Backstage Kiwi Pass. It's very informative and you could take meal breaks or shopping trips in between and go back to continue. It's short but you could view every video clip and understand indepth than just walk through. It's presented in a fun way that both kids and adults would love it. The kiwi is just so adorable that you want to do your part in protecting it. Worth going for it.

Josephine Ong about 9 years ago
No cancellation