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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

#13 of 233 things to do in Christchurch Features Animals
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a large family this afternoon and night out was fantastic ... well worth what we paid! The staff were fabulous and wonderfully friendly. The tours, show and dinner were beautifully intimate and engaging ... I HIGHLY recommend this to any family looking for a...More

Thank Kelly-ann O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was expecting some Eco hike around somewhere rugged, a la Dunedin. Instead Willowbank is set in a beautiful, tranquil garden setting with plentiful waterways for eels, ducks and other water birds. The whole centre is set out in sections with introduced, farming and native NZ...More

Thank Bev M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't been here since I was a child - Loved going to this place for sure. It is a must do for any south islander

Thank JohnLWLG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go straight to the kiwi house the rest is a bit run down and sad though you could see they were doing some upgrades. Worth a visit just to see a real kiwi

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paid lots of money to attend what we thought would be a traditional hangi but it was an absolute rip off. The show was very short and we didn't see the food cooking underground. We sat at a long table with everyone sitting on dirty...More

Thank Isabella L
WillowbankWildlife, Public Relations Manager at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review

On behalf of Ko Tāne Maori Experience - the mains are cooked in a hangi in the ground contrary to information you may have been given elsewhere.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were delighted by this reserve. It is large, lush, with lovely winding trails and many encounters with the native wildlife. Otters, taratua, emus, lemurs, ducks, takahe, kea, weka, swans, kiwi (and more) in a beautiful setting with gorgeous trees, grasses and ferns. Worth 2-3...More

Thank Diane F
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Is it still worth going if it's a rainy day?
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.
Is it still worth going if it's a rainy day?
17 May 2017|
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Response from Kiwikid2013 | Reviewed this property |
If it's pouring I wouldn't, but just a drizzle and an umbrella would be ok, 80% is outside
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|
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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