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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Loved the Animal Experience

Highly recommend the additional Kiwi Tour. Tour guide had lots of additional info and you get closer with the native animals. Mostly just a fun farm but the native animals section... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Dont go or even visit here there is only a few animal there its expensive and the place is far. Wasting time and money. Won't come back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend the additional Kiwi Tour. Tour guide had lots of additional info and you get closer with the native animals. Mostly just a fun farm but the native animals section was worth the visit, as well as the chowder in the cafe!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

After a week driving through NZ on a holiday, we finally saw a kiwi (actually multiple kiwis), as Willowbank. They are in a fantastic enclosure which is darkened for their sake, but also adds to the exciting atmosphere. You feel like you're out in the forest. Was great to the Kiwis up close - shocking how quick they are too!... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It was quite good but as we've been to San Diego zoo and some of the best wildlife reserves in the world on our travels it just didn't stand out for us, highlight was seeing the kiwi birds!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

loved the place. got to see kiwi birds, though it was very very dark inside. some nice animals, esp. peacocks etc. in the open. the little one loved it. lots of places to run around and take photos as well. We missed the haka show which apparently is quite nice. Very good even without it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Willow bank zoo is a great zoo. Your always close to the animals and get to feed so many. I would definitely recommend getting the bird food and eel food when you get your tickets. It's so much fun feeding everything. Very friendly staff and animals. The Kea enclosure was a great way to get to know these cute birds.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On my last full day in New Zealand, I still hadn't seen a kiwi bird, so I decided to head out to Willowbank. My husband wasn't as excited about wildlife, so he dropped me off and headed out to find a local golf course. Willowbank provided a nice afternoon seeing lots of different animals, but I really enjoyed the opportunity... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

As a local whenever we have family come over especially when they have kids we bring them here. As most of our family is from the UK it's great to show them a whole lot about New Zealand in such a small package!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were definitely expecting something much smaller then what we got. This place has great staff, a pretty thorough bird sanctuary hidden away in a residential area, low cost, and did I mention Live Kiwi birds! We got to see all kinds of animals but seeing the Kiwi was what we all wanted to see and this place did not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Not a lot to see Gere the best thing would be feeding the eels with a spoon but I think it's very boring and not much to see Restaraunt is nice

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Additional Information about Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Address: 60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 6226
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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