We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

#13 of 237 things to do in Christchurch Features Animals
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
Experience for Yourself
More Info
and up
Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing
More Info
and up
Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch
More Info
and up
Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
Write a Review
Reviews (759)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 759 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Definitely allow 2 hours for this lovely attraction, or more if you can. We wished we had our grandchildren with us, a wonderful array of wildlife, NZ and other unusual birds and animals and a farmyard section, all done artistically and in a beautiful bushland...More

Thank 516Lorelei
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here a lot over the years and it just keeps getting better. It's great to see a lot of rare and endangered animals and seeing that Willowbank are doing their part with breeding programmes. The cheeky Kea are always on the lookout for some...More

Thank Philange
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has been a while since my last visit. Good place to take kids around for half a day. Feeding the tame animals is great. Not cheap but worth a visit

Thank Hartshay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buy a years pass and take the kids on days when you don't have anything to do, bit expensive to go just once otherwise. Our little one loves it, especially feeding the animals. The cafe is nice and large and the hot chips and drinks...More

Thank Ariana E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good way to entertain the kids for a few hours. There is a reasonable range of wildlife and the kiwi exhibit is great. If you come from a farm of even a lifestyle block there is a chance you might find the farm section not...More

Thank Megan P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of animals to see and you can buy food to feed them. Not just for small children but interesting for adults as well. The cafe is large and the hot chips are pretty good.

Thank Lily071
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Two friends and workmates from Manila. They did the Kiwi tour, cultural experience and meal. Had a blast and hospitality was fab!

Thank 337jaxsd
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I visited Willowbank with my two young cousins. We had a lot of fun feeding the eels, and exploring the trails through the park. Some of the park looked a little shabby, but I could see work was being done to upgrade it. I was...More

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We were not expecting such a complete New Zealand wildlife experience. The eels, the amazing number of bird species and animals were really interesting, all in beautifully landscaped surroundings. Highly recommended.

Thank SusanHedgcock
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Nice place, worth a visit , nice day out to see kiwis etc recommend A bit awkward to get too with roadworks on April 2017. Maybe make sure of your plans prior to going, parking also a bit tricky, we went in Autumn and struggled...More

Thank hot17
Nearby Restaurants
Blackcurrant at Berryfields
52 reviews
1.25 km away
The Option Bistro and Wines
68 reviews
1.22 km away
Peppers Clearwater Resort Resturant
31 reviews
1.49 km away
Willowbank Restaurant
23 reviews
.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
International Antarctic Centre
1,894 reviews
4.67 km away
48 reviews
1.90 km away
Northlands Mall
20 reviews
3.61 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it still worth going if it's a rainy day?
17 May 2017|
Answer Show all 8 answers
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.
Is it still worth going if it's a rainy day?
17 May 2017|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from Foodlover438 | Reviewed this property |
Yes if you've only got that 1 day to go, it is mostly outside but you can warm up in front of fire in the restaurant afterwards
Hi, We are visiting Christchurch with a four year old kid in December. But we will be there for less than two days. Can we cover the entire wildlife reserve in half a day including a guided Kiwi breeding tour?
15 November 2015|
Answer Show all 8 answers
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