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Meet and discover New Zealand's rarest kiwi, the Rowi at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a unique and interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and wildlife all under one roof! Our all-weather attraction is fun for all ages to explore and takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier.
Take a self-guided tour of our indoor attraction and see Rowi kiwi in our natural bush walkthrough, or purchase our famous Backstage Pass combo ticket to get a first-hand, behind the scenes look at our hatching and incubation programme.
Don't miss our Glacier area, or Wild West Coast storytelling old hut, to discover the incredible stories and pioneering spirit that brought explorers over to The Glaciers in the past, and still does so to this very day.
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Kiwi Backstage Pass Tour
See our hatching and incubation programme up-close and personal. Limited spaces!
Tuatara Backstage Pass Tour
See our New Tuatara Encounter Up – Close and personal and take a photo with a Tuatara – limited spaces!
The Rowi and Haast Tokoeka are the two most endangered kiwi in the world, with only around 370 of each bird remaining. Rowi are restricted to the Okarito Forest, north of Franz Josef Glacier, and the Haast Tokoeka are restricted to a small area of forest near Haast, South Westland.
Sponsoring a kiwi chick will help to save the Rowi and Haast Tokoeka from extinction. Your donation will help to fund kiwi husbandry costs including kiwi food, brooder equipment, incubation equipment and health and hygiene products.
As well as our unique indoor attraction, we also run a very popular gift and souvenir store. Our Café is a relaxing place to grab a drink and our bakery can make you a packed lunch for your trip up the Glacier! Learn more by clicking below: