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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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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 1 week ago

Willowbanks is advertised as the only wildlife park where you can see the New Zealand "big five", Because of the storm, which came after first two hours of our visit, we were not able see takahe, kaka and tuatara, but still enjoyed this little park...More

1  Thank ManaPet
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a 12 day New Zealand cruise and used our one day in Akaroa to travel to Christchurch to do the Lemur Encounter. My husband really likes lemurs, and we've done encounters at other places, but very few places offer encounters with the...More

1  Thank travelmakesUrich
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place for all ages!!! Lots of great areas to explore and learn about the animals habitats. Well worth visiting.

Thank Sonya Devon W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's more than that! All within a very nice setting that's as natural as possible. Close vicinity to the airport and plenty of parking space. Try to allow at least 2 hrs.

Thank Douglas H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really had a great time here, many animals (mostly birds) followed us everywhere we went. Many exquisite animals. Make sure you buy some food on your way in because it would otherwise be boring for you if you do not get to feed the animals.

1  Thank Faisal E
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I loved the way that you could get close to the animals. I spent a lovely afternoon just wandering around enjoying the surroundings. I found it clean and easy to get around with friendly staff. There were lots of kids around who were very excited...More

Thank Sonya W
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Willowbank showcases the majority of existing New Zealand native wildlife such as Kea, Kakapo and of course the Kiwi as well as many other animals allowed to roam in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as they can make it. Called...More

1  Thank JoWilkinson2013
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I love animals and wanted to learn more about the Native animals in NZ so I visited Willowbank instead of the zoo. Great variety of many of the bird species native to NZ. I was looking forward to finally seeing an active kiwi and I...More

Thank Monica L
Reviewed 7 August 2017

it is a very good place to see the New Zeland animals...., you can see Walabis, Kiwis, feed eals...!!!, the Keas are very fridnly, when you walk in their reserve they will come, and explore your shoulders, head ... , they managed to have all...More

Thank Eduardo S
Reviewed 1 August 2017

A small garden which includes large quantities of animals and plants. If you want to enjoy the park carefully it needs more than 2 hours.

Thank Bofan_l
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17 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.
17 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

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