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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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“kiwi house” (55 reviews)
“nocturnal house” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A well set out wildlife reserve featuring many different species with opportunities to feed the wildlife. Great for families of all ages with an interest in wildlife. The cafe offers a good range of hot, cold and sweet treats including gf options. Allow a good...More

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very well managed attraction. Child-friendly staff and animals! I was impressed with the cleanliness of the animals' quarters and the well maintained boardwalks and paths which meandered through trees and around thoughtfully landscaped streams and ponds. We had a two-year old with us and...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had our annual pass when our child was 2 and it was great having it!! Whenever we had nothing to do on the weekend, we visited here and feed the animals. All the animals are well fed (as you would expect) and well looked...More

Thank YUI387
Reviewed 6 days ago

very well maintained wildlife reserve with a lot of different animals. lots of new zealand birds though out the reserve from kea, tui but the most remarkable of all is the kiwi. this is the best place to see a kiwi in new eland i...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Llamas with perms. Llamas with meth mouth. Lemurs doing yoga in the sun. Something for everyone! Don’t miss it. Spectacular kiwi experience.

Thank unclesheepskin
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Christchurch attraction is okay, but won't knock you out. The primary attraction is a show about Maori culture featuring highly talented, energetic, and engaging performers. Still, animals (mostly imported, as New Zealand has no native mammals) and birds are always fun to see.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well maintained wildlife reserve. You get to see Kiwis right at the end but there are extraordinary birds shown along the reserve. A great adventure!

Thank Anahita A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous place for families of young children. Its a hands on type of place where the little ones can touch and feed the animals.

Thank Ainslie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased an annual pass as this is an experience which you can do time and time again. It's a great adventure for children and also adults. There are so many different elements to explore!

Thank robertsonlynner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always love coming here, suitable for all ages. One of the staff working at the entrance was rude and otter enclosure needed a spruce up. Apart from that, was great.

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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!
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