Lonely Planet judged the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef as one of the 12 must see things to visit in New Zealand. This is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island and must see" all weather attraction. See live Tuatara & Kiwi.
Look out for the bright " Green " building in Franz Josef !
Get up close and personal with our beautiful kiwi !
Make sure you check out the Kiwi Backstage Pass Tour - It's a must !
Meet Kim - our senior Kiwi Ranger !
Come and meet Swifty and sponsor a Kiwi chick - make a difference for future generations !
Meet our Kiwi Rangers and learn about what is involved in hatching the world's rarest kiwi!
Make sure you take a picture of a kiwi chick on our guided Backstage Pass Tour ! . 30 minute Tour.
This incredible wildlife attraction is home to the official hatching facility for the world's 2 rarest kiwis – the Rowi and Haast Tokoeka. See live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, discover the interactive
glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind
the scenes on the “Backstage Pass Tour” and meet the friendly kiwi ranger staff. Numbers are very limited on the 30 minute Backstage Pass Tour so booking are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The best shopping in Franz Josef can be found here inside the all weather facility -and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the café to keep connected to family and friends. Enjoy a coffee or a snack in the
café – open 365 days - 7 days from 8am.
NEW See live Tuatara !