Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • petite c
    Melbourne, Australia796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good entertainment for parents with children
    A good experience to animals lovers and children. Although not big but well managed and the claimed animals, birds are healthy and can be found. Ducks, geese and chickens are running everywhere together with the visitors. Never thought eels can be fed and patted, lol. A not bad entertainment for family with kids indeed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • 2units
    Christchurch, New Zealand178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always amazing
    This place never disappoints, each time we go there is something new. This is the best time to visit as there are lots of baby animals - it’s not just for children who of course love it and get to feed the various creatures but also a truly magical place for their parents & other adults. This time we were lucky to see baby capybara, piglets, baby gibbon & capuchin monkeys as well as plenty of ducklings (some of which even follow you along the pathways) Another special moment was actually seeing two kiwi in their dark enclosure - on previous occasions we have only heard them. The hard work & dedication of the people lucky enough to work here is supported by every paying visitor; helping them in the conservation of rare & endangered species. It’s just great fun 🤩
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • AhuvaBC
    Bellingham, Washington47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hands on and informative
    They have three exhibit areas. International, farm, and native New Zealand. I always enjoy the monkies. There are loads of birds in all the areas. The native birds are interesting. Many have that rounded or thicker body like the kiwi. There are live kiwis, but it’s so dark in the exhibit, good luck finding one. We did, but it was really a lump in the darkness. Lol. Very much worth the price of admission, and they have an excellent gift shop.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful several hours of observing and interacting withhanimals and learning more about the
    We spent several hours walking on the wooden and dirt paths slowly throughout the park. What a delight it was! There are birds everywhere. And not just sparrows. There are attractive and easy to read signs all over the place detailing the unique animal species that are located at Willowbank. There are pond areas and water areas everywhere. It was a delight to see the children feeding the eels as soon as you walk into the park after paying admission. We caught the latter part of the magic show and loved it. There is a small little-used lunch area with picnic tables behind the magic show, and adjoining the toilets. A great place for families. Easy to walk. Children love the smaller and larger animals, Especially the birds that are often roaming freely. You can purchase a bag of small food to feed the birds and also a different bag of larger food pellets to feed the larger animals such as the deer. Make sure to purchase these small white bags when you buy your admission as they are not available elsewhere in the park. And, yes, we were able to spot two kiwis in the darkened kiwi shelter. It was magical. Thank you, Willowbank, for a delightful day. Please give me a link if you find this review helpful. You can also look for reviews that I have written for Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington as well as Brisbane.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
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Martyn P
London, UK195 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This feels more like a petting zoo than a wildlife reserve. Many non-native animals are on display (which you can see in any zoo across the world) and the kiwi display was somewhat ramshackle and misleading (given that the signs indicated more than one kiwi and half the space was being refurbished).
Places like Zealandia in Wellington are far superior.
Written 13 March 2020
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John
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Lots of wildlife to see. Some are rescues - which is great to see. And they breed some kiwis for release. Feeding eels was great. They must make a packet on the food they sell to feed animals! Overall enjoyable for most people. Personally though not comfortable with animals that shouldn't be caged e.g. Limas, gibbons, NZ Falcon, Emu. And the toilets were awful.
Written 9 March 2020
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Renee L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
This was amazing for a toddler. You can feed the birds and the farm animals. They were all so friendly and gentle. My 2 year old loved it. For the adults it was also a nice experience since you are inside the enclosures with most of the birds. We went on a Sunday and it was not to busy. Would definitely recommend!
Written 11 February 2023
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We spent several hours walking on the wooden and dirt paths slowly throughout the park. What a delight it was! There are birds everywhere. And not just sparrows. There are attractive and easy to read signs all over the place detailing the unique animal species that are located at Willowbank. There are pond areas and water areas everywhere.

It was a delight to see the children feeding the eels as soon as you walk into the park after paying admission. We caught the latter part of the magic show and loved it. There is a small little-used lunch area with picnic tables behind the magic show, and adjoining the toilets.

A great place for families. Easy to walk. Children love the smaller and larger animals, Especially the birds that are often roaming freely.

You can purchase a bag of small food to feed the birds and also a different bag of larger food pellets to feed the larger animals such as the deer. Make sure to purchase these small white bags when you buy your admission as they are not available elsewhere in the park.

And, yes, we were able to spot two kiwis in the darkened kiwi shelter. It was magical.

Thank you, Willowbank, for a delightful day. Please give me a link if you find this review helpful. You can also look for reviews that I have written for Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington as well as Brisbane.
Written 16 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ed R
Blenheim, New Zealand715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
A very nice park for the family to enjoy interacting with various animals - NZ native and other. You can feed the eels as well as some of the birds and farm animals. It isn't anything outstanding, but the layout is good and you can have some cool interactions with many of the animals. The kiwi house is one of the best I've seen and we got very close to one. The kea walkthrough was also excellent.
Café was pretty reasonable too.
Just a bit chaotic at the entrance as there were restrictions in place as NZ moves down the covid-19 alert levels - encounters were being advertised but not the cashier didn't know anything about them or if they were running (they weren't) and everybody was entering and exiting through the same single doorway.
Written 31 May 2020
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2units
Christchurch, New Zealand178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This place never disappoints, each time we go there is something new.
This is the best time to visit as there are lots of baby animals - it’s not just for children who of course love it and get to feed the various creatures but also a truly magical place for their parents & other adults.
This time we were lucky to see baby capybara, piglets, baby gibbon & capuchin monkeys as well as plenty of ducklings (some of which even follow you along the pathways)
Another special moment was actually seeing two kiwi in their dark enclosure - on previous occasions we have only heard them.
The hard work & dedication of the people lucky enough to work here is supported by every paying visitor; helping them in the conservation of rare & endangered species.
It’s just great fun 🤩
Written 6 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sprog
england48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Enjoyed the walk around the park, unfortunately half the Kiwi house was being renovated and we only just saw the shadow of a grown kiwi, guide however was very good.

Saw the Kea lovely ground but some of the areas look run down, the enclosure for the apes was very small, the horses were on concrete, ut looked healthy. Lovely to see hens running around.
Written 27 February 2020
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petite c
Melbourne, Australia796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A good experience to animals lovers and children.
Although not big but well managed and the claimed animals, birds are healthy and can be found. Ducks, geese and chickens are running everywhere together with the visitors.
Never thought eels can be fed and patted, lol.
A not bad entertainment for family with kids indeed.
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand2,451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Willowbank
Great for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Nicely maintained, good paths, safe environment, the animals look happy and healthy and well looked after, enclosures look homely.
Expensive but a nice special outing for the family.
Written 26 May 2022
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elessarfan
Mannheim, Germany28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the best wildlife reserves in NZ. Very extending grounds with heaps of information, animals and recreation space. Good with kids, even fun for adults.Good job indeed. Easy access to the park and within the park.
Written 30 July 2020
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