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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

#13 of 238 things to do in Christchurch Features Animals
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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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

I loved the way that you could get close to the animals. I spent a lovely afternoon just wandering around enjoying the surroundings. I found it clean and easy to get around with friendly staff. There were lots of kids around who were very excited...More

Thank Sonya W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Willowbank showcases the majority of existing New Zealand native wildlife such as Kea, Kakapo and of course the Kiwi as well as many other animals allowed to roam in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as they can make it. Called...More

Thank JoWilkinson2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love animals and wanted to learn more about the Native animals in NZ so I visited Willowbank instead of the zoo. Great variety of many of the bird species native to NZ. I was looking forward to finally seeing an active kiwi and I...More

Thank Monica L
Reviewed 1 week ago

it is a very good place to see the New Zeland animals...., you can see Walabis, Kiwis, feed eals...!!!, the Keas are very fridnly, when you walk in their reserve they will come, and explore your shoulders, head ... , they managed to have all...More

Thank Eduardo S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small garden which includes large quantities of animals and plants. If you want to enjoy the park carefully it needs more than 2 hours.

Thank Bofan_l
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I visited the reserve we had a great guide show as around and introduce all of the animals. The traditional show we saw was also amazing and a high light for me.

Thank AngeChris2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK I know, they are beautiful, native parrots, cheeky and naughty and this is a great place to seem them up close. Which is my problem. If you are happy to get up close and comfy with the experience go with the guide who will...More

1  Thank Ngaizone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is perfect for kids of all ages but in particular for younger ones. A nice activity during the school holidays, our kids loved the place and we joined for the year - its such great value. There is a small food area too. Good...More

Thank 810devonc
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a wonderful place to go with children and be able to feed animals and walk around a well set out and cared for Wildlife Reserve.

Thank rosebray
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We all love the reserve! The animal petting area has a lot of animals and they are very friendly. Resonable Price for an exclusive experience!

Thank Krystal N
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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.
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!
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