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The West Coast Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, is a brand new all weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. It is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for
New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi
The forest and bush around the West Coast are largely dense and untouched and the undergrowth is teeming with incredible wildlife – much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.
High quality nature films and interactives at the West Coast Wildlife Centre
bring you the very special opportunity to come face to face with our rarest kiwi in a natural walk-through setting with this fabulous wildlife New Zealand tour.
Our first 2 seasons have been a great a success; during the 2010/11 season we released16 Rowi chicks and during the 2011/12 season we released 8 Rowi and 16 Haast tokoeka chicks. This season is well underway with our first chicks hatched mid September and more eggs arriving every week. We are hoping to release up to 60 kiwi chicks back to the wild for the 2012/13 season.
The facility also brings to life the stories and tales of the people of the West Coast; from the rich history surrounding gold-mining and hunting, through to the incredible evolution of the famous Franz Josef glacier itself.
Café and Bakery
is open daily and provides traditional west coast food and drinks as well as a popular free Wi-Fi zone* for customers who want to relax in the warm and cosy setting next to a large fireplace.
WiFi is only free with purchase of a drink from the café. Otherwise it is $3 for 30 minutes.
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