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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  • LC
    21 contributions
    Go here!
    Big and so many interesting things to see! Really enjoyed coming here, could spend hours here! Got to see kiwis, pet sheep, see huge eels, many birds…what more could I ask for??
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Darlene W
    Yulee, Florida21 contributions
    Up close wildlife viewing
    This was an amazing wildlife encounter especially if you hoping to see the elusive kiwi bird. They have a darkened building exclusively for seeing the kiwi. In addition you can experience feeding eels, or encountering a capybara family. Up close viewing.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • timbo35067
    Canberra, Australia40 contributions
    Highly Recommended
    Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a great day out for the whole family. Set in a beautiful spot that you can get to on public transport (or your own. The park has a lot to see and do with a great cafe for a meal of coffee. Really enjoyed it here. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Charlene W
    Sydney, Australia535 contributions
    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 Zealand143 contributions
    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, Washington40 contributions
    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, Canada1,383 contributions
    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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896ashleigh
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This is the most wonderful zoo/wildlife reserve that we have ever been to. What we love most about it is the flow of the park. In major zoos, it’s hard to ensure that you’ve seen every animal due to the layout. However, Willowbank’s planning allows you to follow one path through the entire park, ensuring that you get to see all animals.

We also loved that you could feed the animals. We purchased farm feed from the gift shop and our one year old (and us) had the time of our lives feeding the animals- especially the lamas, alpacas and cows.

The park was well maintained and we would recommend this experience to all families and animal lovers.
Written 7 February 2024
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,383 contributions
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.

AhuvaBC
Bellingham, WA40 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 10 January 2024
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Margaret
Sydney, Australia49 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A beautiful wildlife reserve, we can see a lot of NZ native animals as well as farm animals. Guests can buy animal food - to feed eels (something unusual that we experienced!), farm animals or birds. They have lovely picnic area as well should you wish to bring own lunch.
Written 3 January 2024
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magistros
Glyfada, Greece1,715 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I was lucky to hear and see kiwi, I did not filmed it… I missed. The place is well kept and interesting animals and birds are waiting to be discovered
Written 10 November 2023
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2units
Christchurch, New Zealand143 contributions
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
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Janet L
124 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Better than a zoo to see animals and birds on a slow-paced garden route. Lovely. Definitely family and senior friendly. Easy parking.
Written 23 October 2023
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Alison S
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Love, love, loved Willowbank! An absolute highlight of Christchurch. It was easily accessible by public transport.

My husband and I fed the capybaras, which was a lot of fun. I wasn't game to feed the eels but thought it a very fun novelty!

We spent the best part of a day here and were delighted at every turn! Even managed to see the kiwi very active.

An absolute must if in Christchurch x
Written 13 October 2023
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Charlene W
Sydney, Australia535 contributions
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
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Elmar H
Munich, Germany3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
A typical wildlife parc a bit worn down… fun for kids - they can feed some eals plus the other animals. Also highlight are the kiwis - but takes some time to find them in the dark…
Written 7 October 2023
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WILLOWBANK WILDLIFE RESERVE: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $35.83, while a popular guided tour starts around $140.21 per person.