Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch: Hours, Address, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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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.
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1-2 hours
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mandm298
Auckland, New Zealand137 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Found this place totally by accident finding ourselves at a loose end and needing something to do. It’s a short drive from the City and once you are in the grounds it’s easy to navigate your way around. Just follow the boardwalk and there is no need to keep looking at the map provided. The reserve is split into three regions and each has something to offer for everyone. We loved the flow of the place and it was very well laid out. From the first viewing of the eels as you enter to finishing off with the kiwi it was great. The kea were one of our favourites as we got to sit and watch them being cheeky they even tried pecking at my wife’s handbag at one point but were magical to watch flying around. The kiwi house was also fascinating with I think four of them snuffling and scurrying around we could have stayed for hours watching them as at times you were so close to them. Even if you don’t have kids but love a little bush walk and wildlife, this is definitely worth the admission price.
Written 19 April 2022
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Excursion20001989113
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
We (Mum and 4 year old) arrived about 11am. The park was fairly busy, but it never felt overly full. We spent AGES just slowly walking around. We also spent about 90 minutes in the shade and watching the Magician.

After our first full trip we stopped for a late lunch and caffeine refill at the excellent Cafe (with full view of the deer enclosure) before a much faster second lap.

The second lap was definitely my highlight of the day. We had the place almost tp ourselves any by 4pm a lot of the animals (including the otters who were hiding earlier) were a lot more active.

Everything was clean, reasonably priced and the staff were fantastic, friendly & approachable.

The only downside was not being able to get a coffee whole We were watching the Magician ( honestly, it was too hot anyway, but I need my coffee).

Couldn't fault the day, I'm sad I'm not a local or we'd be back regularly!
Written 5 January 2022
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BecsGNZ
Auckland, New Zealand85 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Great place to spend a day in Christchurch. Easy to get to by public transport. We did the Lemur Experience which was an absolute highlight.
Written 31 December 2021
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Will
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Willowbank is a wonderful place to visit. Young, old, and everything in between can, and will enjoy being here. All the animals are very friendly and, if you get some farm and bird food at reception they will love you like no other. Many of the animals can be fed: ducks, ducklings, geese, peafowl, pigs, cows, goats and more. Kiwi were easily spotted in the kiwi house and the kea were very cheeky. Definitely the best part of the experience was one of them climbing all over us. Overall, a great experience and will come again in a heartbeat!
Written 1 December 2021
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Hannah R
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
We had such an awesome experience. We have a near 2 year old and a 9 year old and it was just perfect for
Both. Highly recommend coming here!
Written 21 October 2021
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Deanna
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions
May 2021
Every time I go to willowbank I have a fantastic time. The cafeteria has incredible food both in the cabinet and on the menu, the coffees were great and the prices are very good. I LOVE this place. Highly recommended.
Written 10 May 2021
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Ashley
Palmerston North, New Zealand10 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Willowbank had some great areas and some not so great areas.

Starting with the great:
The native area is really nice. The keas have a huge aviary that visitors can walk through. We saw around 6 kea in there. You can get pretty close to these birds.The indoor kiwi area was also awesome. It's huge and had 4 happy kiwi running around.

You can purchase animal food on the way in for some wild birds, fish and larger animals. Very cool to walk along feeding everything.

The not so great:
The barn area is terrible. The animals are in small pens without grass. They appear crowded. It appears as though the animals live in these pens. Some of the animals are very overweight - they absolutely love being feed by all the visitors. Two cows were in a paddock with grass but everything else was in pens with dirt, concrete or wood underneath.

I personally would not revisit because of this barn area. I would recommend spending a little more and spending a day at Orana Park instead. You cannot get as close to animals. But the animal areas are bigger and better suited for the animal.
Written 25 February 2021
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Michele
25 contributions
Feb 2020
What a handy and super venue to take the children for an up close animal encounter in the lovely park setting.
Written 19 December 2020
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Siubhan Mcphail
Dunedin, New Zealand22 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
This was such good experience the animals there are well looked after. Get to feed pigs,deer,eels,etc would recommend for family’s
Written 12 August 2020
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elessarfan
Mannheim, Germany30 contributions
Nov 2019
One of the best wildlife reserves in NZ. Very extending grounds with heaps of information, animals and recreation space. Good with kids, even fun for adults.Good job indeed. Easy access to the park and within the park.
Written 30 July 2020
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