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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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“kiwi house” (57 reviews)
“nocturnal house” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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+64 3-359 6226
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a wonderful time at this wildlife park. It was so well set out and you get to touch the animals and see them up close.The children loved feeding the animals and it was so interesting seeing all the different birds and New Zealand...More

Thank Joan B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this place with combo deal. The guided tour was great. Kiwi centre at Willobank is much better than the one in Te Puia, Rotorua. I spent more time inside the nocturnal room, and there was no window. Kea feeding was fun too. At...More

Thank minimize940314
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Willowbank on our first day in CC at our B&B host's suggestion. We spent about 2 hours there & had a wonderful time! We did a lot of research prior to our trip and can't believe this place wasn't on our list. It...More

Thank cmb72015
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family had a wonderful time here, feeding the eels and animals. We sighted in the dark a Kiwi, and the Kea's were very friendly. All the animals looked very happy and active.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn’t heard anything about the reserve before going and thought it was overpriced when we first arrived but boy were we wrong! Great value for money, lots of fun for the kids and us adults. Highly recommended to anyone with an afternoon spare. They have...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have wanted to visit Willowbank for the last few years and am i happy that i finally did. The park layout is very nice and being able to see a live Kiwi was worth the price of admission. The park is under construction in...More

Thank Jackrg35
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the animals, especially the walliby and kiwi! Great day out for all ages (ie not just kids). Make sure to buy animal for to feed them: the pig is the highlight when it comes to feeding!

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

One of the reasons we went to this wildlife reserve was to be guaranteed to see a Kiwi. We in fact saw all of the big 5 NZ must see animal's namely Kaka, Kea, Takahe, Tuatara and of course the Kiwi! Some parts of the...More

Thank RichardBejah
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

I can not recommend this place highly enough. For $29 NZD you have access to meeting, patting and feeding a number of animals who are all gentle and extremely used to people. For an additional $30 NZD you can book half an hour with the...More

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JaydenFaul
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.
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JaydenFaul
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!
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Kumaran627
15 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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