Hi, We are visiting Christchurch with a four year old kid in December. But we will be there for less than two days. Can we cover the entire wildlife reserve in half a day including a guided Kiwi breeding tour?
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 Week'.
Unfortunately this breeding season is starting off very unpredictable and we are currently not able to offer the “Kiwi Breeding Tour”. However we do still guarantee you will see kiwi at Willowbank in our Nocturnal House with or without a guided tour.
Our Nocturnal House is rather unique in that it has no glass. There is a path which runs through the Nocturnal House with a small fence on either side and we have usually between 5-7 kiwi on display in here. We ‘guarantee’ kiwi viewing and the kiwi are often up against the fence within touching distance. We offer a Guided Tour through our Natural New Zealand Area (including kiwi, kea etc) at 4.30pm daily for an additional $10 per adult. The Guide will provide lots of additional information as well as ensuring you see the kiwi etc.
Hi, we spend a few extra minutes feeding the deer, watching the wallabies and monkeys. Some extra time at the playground they have for small children.
Yes, do believe you can do it in half day. We usually spend 1-2 hours
It will take aprpox 1-2 hours to do Willowbank...depending on how long you linger at all the different species of animals. We spend a few extra minutes feeding the deer. I like spending a few extra minutes with the wallabies and a few extra minutes watching the monkeys. A little bit of time at the playground the have for small children.
So, yes, I do believe you would be able to do it in a half day.
With young children I would start at the end of the tour, straight on from visitors centre. That way you will really enjoy the Native animals before little ones get tired.
Yes you can. We spent only ninety minutes to walk the park. With a child you will want to buy their bags of food for feeding the eels and sheep etc. We spent an additional thirty minutes observing the kiwi in their exhibit. Enjoy your day!
Yes you should be able to manage that without any problem. Shown below are the days and times when you can view the Kiwis for free:
Kiwi Weighing To ensure our kiwis are kept in prime breeding condition they have to be weighed regularly. Come and join our staff during this fascinating event and find out about kiwis and how to keep them healthy Monday/Wednesday/Saturday 1.30pm - Free of charge
Kiwi Breeding Viewing Willowbank's successful breeding centre opens it's doors come and have a quick sneaky look Tuesday & Fridays 1.30pm - Free of charge
Yes you can. There is a lot to see but you can do it in a morning or an afternoon. You can feed the birds and the eels. There is also a great café/restaurant and a shop with lots of interesting things. I have taken grandchildren there on a couple of occasions.
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