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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Ranked #14 of 129 attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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East Maitland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had a guided tour and it was brilliant. We learnt about kiwi (and saw them in the kiwi enclosure), fed the giant eels, met the cheeky kea parrots, fed the deer and just so much more. If you have children they will love it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you want somewhere to go to see a selection of NZ creatures & birds including Tuatara ,Kiwi ,Kea & other wildlife as well as other smaller animals Willow Bank is a nice place to visit. Very close up & some hands on children love. Many people also enjoy going in the evening taking in a Moari Cultural concert &... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve lets you get within meters of kiwi with only a short glass wall separating them. There are also farm animals to pat and other birds+animals to see

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Singapore, Singapore
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Though it may not have the resources or size of its larger counterparts, it is a cosy and convenient place to visit if you want to have a glimpse at kiwis.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Staying with friends locally they had discount made it very reasonable, brilliant weather, interesting local animals including Kiwis, and educational. Great picnic areas or a good Restaurant, well priced food. Worth while day out.

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Went in the winter with a kiwi friend, and had so much fun feeding the animals at the farm (do purchase a pack of animal food when purchasing your admission ticket!)! Definitely a memorable experience as I got spat on right in the face by 1 of the llamas who was displeased with being fed too much. All the other... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Called in for a lunchtime coffee and a bite to eat, not a planned visit Lovely open fire to sit near while we had our cafe food and drinks. Service was good and we were greeted with a smile by staff, food was hot and tasty. Some animals and bird life were visible from inside the cafe. Will return again... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Even in Winter, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a wonderful place to take go, for adults and children alike. It exudes the 'wow factor'. Refreshing, delightful and charming. Together with two 'under 5s', which by the way are free entry, we wandered, explored, petted, gazed, soaked in the feel of the bush and running water, and even got to see 9... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I did a solo trip to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and I am so happy that I went! There were many different types of animals to view, some that you could get pretty close to but the best part was the behind the scenes tour with the Lemurs! I had such a great time and would love to visit again.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We took our two year old grand daughter she had a great day, in fact she cried as she didn't want to leave

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