An interesting encounter

Self-guided and indoors, this unique wildlife experience guides you on a learning and history journey. Wander through the incredible stories and pioneering spirit of the explorers that settled in the area. Discover the magic of the critically endangered rowi and Haast tokoeka kiwi bird, the ancient Tuatara and how Fox and Franz Josef Glacier shape the natural environment on the West Coast.

Explore at your own pace by reading the displays or join the friendly staff for a VIP Guided Backstage Pass to get a behind-the-scenes look at the hatching and incubation programme combined with the Tuatara Encounter.

How to get to West Coast Wildlife Centre

Cnr Cron and, Cowan Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886

Getting to West Coast Wildlife Centre

You can include the West Coast Wildlife Centre in any of these amazing train tours and packages: