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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand. Willowbank is open from 9.30Am daily - kiwis are able to be viewed from 10.30Am until close.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“nocturnal house” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must do for families. Willowbank has been a classic Christchurch wildlife experience for a couple of generations now and it’s a classic for good reason. Willowbank has a great range of animals children love. There are Kiwi, Kea, Kakariki, Ruru, Tuatara. The farmyard...More

Thank PadreNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am dismayed to read some of the reviews posted here which appear to be based on misunderstanding. This wildlife park takes rescue animals. It also raises animals and birds of rare or near to extinct breeds. At any point in the year there are...More

Thank botticelli252
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour was nice because we got to see the kiwis. Plus other birds. The show was cute, informative, fun, and entertaining. Show handles smaller groups so you don't feel one in hundreds. The meal was nice, chicken, pork or lamb, I had lamb....More

Thank Edward V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If time permits go for the full day package which includes, the guided tour and Ko Tāne Māori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner. The animals were very unique to NZ and you are guaranteed to see a Kiwi bird. The reserve takes good care of...More

Thank Alvin Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful park with interesting range of domestic and both native and exotic animals. Children's activities available during the day and a great Maori cultural experience at night.

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wildlife reserve is beautiful and easy to navigate- a pathway takes you through all the exhibits. You can buy food for the super reasonable price of $3 to feed either the eels, the farm animals or the birds. Plenty to see, heaps of birds...More

Thank Shannon P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited and intended to spend about 2 hours there but were there for more than 3hrs and also enjoyed lunch at the great cafe. I had booked with Book me so got discounted prices. I was visiting from Wellington with my 4 and 8...More

Thank Kathrryn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We absolutely loved this place! The animals are so sweet and they are very accessible, the walking trail is easy to do and a lovely walk and there are guides that we interacted with and chatted about the reserve. You can also feed most of...More

Thank Meira E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice walk around the reserve today - beautiful and tranquil. Lovely to see well kept enclosures and animals who are happy and stimulated. Definitely worth a visit - great for families with picnic spots. Best in the morning as a little quieter and cooler -...More

Thank kimmramor78
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Not only did we see very many animals that we have never seen before, but we also got to pet and feed them. We even got to walk around in their cages. A kea bird sat on my dad and bit his cap. And I...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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16 May 2017|
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Response from WillowbankWildlife | Property representative |
Willowbank is a Wildlife Reserve so is outdoors but is relatively sheltered. Kiwi viewing is still guaranteed as the are in a Nocturnal House.
16 May 2017|
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Response from clarke_1985 | Reviewed this property |
It rained when we were there, supplied with umbrella, saw all the animals and had a great time!
14 November 2015|
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Response from WillowbankWildlife | Property representative |
HI - Half a day will give you enough time to view the reserve including the kiwis. The kiwi weighing that someone has mentioned is not available as this was a special promotion during school holidays for 'Save the Kiwi... More