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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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+64 3-359 6226
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09:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea,...

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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Great wildlife, Maori cultural songs and dances, and dinner

Wonderful birds, Kiwis, paradise shelducks, and keas that love honey. Interesting and enjoyable Maori welcoming tradition, songs and dance. Men and women in the audience get a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful birds, Kiwis, paradise shelducks, and keas that love honey. Interesting and enjoyable Maori welcoming tradition, songs and dance. Men and women in the audience get a chance to participate. Good hangi buffet dinner. Opportunity to feed the deer. Price includes transportation to and from home. Be sure to buy tickets through the Christchurch visitor's center as save $30nz (135)compared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great experience on a wet Monday morning, the reserve was quiet with almost all the animals easily spotted. Highlight was undoubtedly seeing the kiwi birds in the enclosure at the end. Well worth a visit regardless of age and be sure to buy some food for feeding the animals... especially the kunekune pig. Complimentary umbrellas were a nice touch.

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Kula, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some time to kill before returning our rental car, so we asked the rental agent for something to do. He said, "I've never been there, but I hear Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is nice." What an understatement. The Reserve has a one-way walk through along waterways and ponds filled with all kinds of New Zealand fowl and animals. In... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went there to see the kiwi bird. it is not a big zoo, but has a lot fun and a lot to see. the farm animals are cute, feeding them is a lot of fun. we also seen kiwi bird which is a must see as it is the NZ icon.

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Thank rebeccaxie0820
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great to see this place looking after wildlife and helping them get back to health and given a great chance in life again

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this amazing place today. Went for the kiwi experience and actually saw a northern brown kiwi only a few feet away in a nocturnal enclosure, not glassed enclosure. The whole park was fabulous and would be great for any small children and adults like me. Staff were amazingly helpful and the vegetation and animals were easy to see and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place! Setting is so natural and all the wildlife have such large areas to roam and spread their wings. The info on each species along with the feeding options and Kiwi 'house' makes it a must see experience! Lovely cafe with good food, especially kids sandwich pack and reasonably priced too. Great Kiwi gift shop for souvenirs.

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of animals to look at,,feed and stroke, our grandchildren love the place. You follow a path with animals dotted along the way. It's worth buying a bag of food, especially for the eels as they rear up out of the water to take it, quite extraordinary!Don't rush around to fast ,take your time with each animal.There is a cafe... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our trip to Willowbank! Didn't see the Takahe but good views of everything else including kiwis. Feeding all the animals was great but watch out for the deer as they can reach way further than you think and will steal more food than you'd planned on giving them....maybe they work for marketing so they keep you buying more food?!

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Willowbank instead of our usual wildlife park. The entry price is similar to other attractions in Christchurch. The exhibits range from fantastic (wallabies, kiwi, eels, deer and farm animals), to simply sad and terrible (the poor gibbons are in a tiny cage and the takahe viewing area is impossibly small, the weeds are long, and you... More 

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