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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 6226
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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A superb park

This wildlife park was absolutely superb. The entire park was clean and well maintained and all the animals seemed happy in their enclosures. The variety of birds was brilliant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Kent, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This wildlife park was absolutely superb. The entire park was clean and well maintained and all the animals seemed happy in their enclosures. The variety of birds was brilliant and we loved how you always seemed to have something following you after a bit of food. The Kea enclosure was one of our best experiences of New Zealand on our... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Lovely walk around the park in the shade of the trees. Saw plenty of animals that I would not get to see in the city. Not recommended for those that have walking difficulties as there is no way of short cutting the circuit. Great café and very good gift shop. Will be returning for sure.

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband & I got a good deal through bookme.com. We went there on a morning so there were only a few other people. We enjoyed looking at the animals, & pretty happy we saw 3 kiwis. How we wished our nephews were with us. They would have greatly enjoyed the place. Great place for families.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The big highlight for me was finally being able to see kiwis. I went the 'wrong' way round the walking track in order to see the kiwis first as we had a flight to catch and I didn’t want to miss at least trying to see a kiwi. The reserve has a walking track that informs visitors which way they... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Wife & I enjoyed the walk around this park. The animals generally seemed happy. Highlights for us were the eels, ducks & Keas. Takes a couple of hours to enjoy. Not too far from the CBD.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

That is a small zoo but its amazing, that is my kids favourite. We can feeding the Farm Animals in there.

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The big highlight for me was finally being able to see kiwis. I went the 'wrong' way round in order to get to the nocturnal kiwi house without having to walk all the way round. I arrived just as the kiwi house opened & as a keeper wad working in there the kiwis were moving about & comparatively easy to... More 

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Mosgiel, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The inhabitants of Willowbank look happy and healthy, the Keas especially are seen to be enjoying themselves, as are the monkeys, lemurs, ducks and pigs, who love to be fed! Very entertaining and educational for young and old alike, many of the creatures can interact with their human guests, which adds to the experience, it is well worth the entry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A great place for everyone in the family. Although smaller than other parks in the area, Willowbank is into conservation. it's a place where you can find out lots of things about endangered species and measures taken tof preserve them. We got the annual pass that gives us the flexibility to visit each enclosure on a different day rather than... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The whole reserve is natural habit for the residents. It is slightly run-down, but the inhabitants make it a worthwhile visit. The Kiwis are in a darkened environment (they are nocturnal) so cannot be filmed. They come very close - notices ask you not to touch them, although it is very tempting. It is easy to get to the reserve... More 

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