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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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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: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
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+64 3-359 6226
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"kiwi house"
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"feed the animals"
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"nocturnal house"
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"animal food"
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"kiwi tour"
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"donkey rides"
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"new zealand"
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"kiwi bird"
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"willow bank"
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"animals including"
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"lemur encounter"
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"ko tane"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Loved the animals, especially the walliby and kiwi! Great day out for all ages (ie not just kids). Make sure to buy animal for to feed them: the pig is the highlight when it comes to feeding!

Thank hannahsadventures30
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the reasons we went to this wildlife reserve was to be guaranteed to see a Kiwi. We in fact saw all of the big 5 NZ must see animal's namely Kaka, Kea, Takahe, Tuatara and of course the Kiwi! Some parts of the...More

Thank RichardBejah
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can not recommend this place highly enough. For $29 NZD you have access to meeting, patting and feeding a number of animals who are all gentle and extremely used to people. For an additional $30 NZD you can book half an hour with the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time at the reserve today. The Kotane experience was amazing And quite informative. I loved being the “chief” of the group! The kiwi encounter was cool as well but the Maori experience topped it! Go there on you next visit to...More

Thank Enrique V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the layout. It was a good mix and animals and birds to view and feed. I do suggest you buy food to feed all of the animals. I really liked the kiwi enclosure. Was able to spot 3 kiwis easily on our...More

Thank Chantalle S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most exciting part was definitely to view the kiwis. I wasn’t believe they are really exist till now :) The place is really nice and the entrance is not too expensive. You get to see many animals, including Wallaby.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the easiest to get on camera because of the dim lighting but you will see kiwi if you visit. All the 'big 5' of New Zealand are there.

Thank BKFL
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifuly set out, lots to see. We had to rush the end due to tired kids, if you could allow 3 hours for little ones it'd be a great way to spend the day.

Thank CK003
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visted willowbank on a wet day but it was still a great place to visit. Such a wide variety of animals native as well as different speices .You are garanteed to see a kiwi in the kiwi house.Worth buying the bird food to feed the...More

Thank crusher46
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is worth a stop. The chance to see, and even interact with the native species is worth the stop alone. The staff are friendly and we'll informed. The Maori experience is not only entertaining, but also informative. Clean washrooms facilities, a...More

Thank laraluvsU2
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JaydenFaul
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.
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JaydenFaul
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!
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Kumaran627
14 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
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