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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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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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Pleasant afternoon

If you love animals & wildlife, it's a nice chance to stroll through the various areas to touch & interact with them, plus have the opportunity to get close to rare birds that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lochinvar, Australia
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Lochinvar, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you love animals & wildlife, it's a nice chance to stroll through the various areas to touch & interact with them, plus have the opportunity to get close to rare birds that you would not Normally see. Located on the edge of Christchurch, easy 10 min drive from were we stayed near the city centre. It is ideal for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

First time feed the sheeps, deers, eels and etc....the eels are so huge, never see that before. There are also many types of birds and animals. My very first time to see New Zealand kiwi birds although it's in the dark, but still made me feel excited.

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Chenzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Don't worry, most of the kiwis never seen a kiwi, but don't leave New Zealand disappointed, visit Willowbank and check out the local birds, including some kiwis before you leave.

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I have a 2.5 year old and a 3 month old and being a resident of Christchurch got a season pass so I can take my two there whenever I like. I think the normal adult entry is about $25 (under 5's I believe are free). The annual pass was only about $65. The animal food is $3 or $4... More 

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Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is my 2nd time there..I visited back in 2011 with my grandson who was 2 at the time and his sister who was a baby...now returning 4 years later when they are both 6 and 5 and just amazes me the interaction that the reserve allows children and adults to do. From the moment you enter the reserve the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

All day with the kids or adults alone. See the Kiwi in its nocturnal habitat, petting farm for the kids. Great to get so close to a Kea. Fantastic day out

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I pick this place over the Orana wildlife park and im glad. Upon arrival in the carpark we are greeted by 2 curious roosters wanting food. We bought the 4 different types of food at the reception - farmland, eel, poultry abd fish. It's $3 a bag and it's worth the fun. The animals come right up to you and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This park is reasonably priced for a family to visit, allowing you to interact by purchasing the different foods to feed eels, as well as larger and smaller animals. Not only do they have a variety of animals and birds native to New Zealand, but lemurs, monkeys and farm animals and for the little members of the family there are... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There is plenty to see for a 3-4 hour experience at Willowbank. The highlights for us were the kea and kiwi. If you stand still in the kea enclosure they will fly/jump onto your shoulders. These inquisitive birds will investigate your sunglasses, buttons, straps, hair or anything else within pecking range. Highly recommended for a great photo opportunity; my wife... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

As a group of 20 something's we were a bit reserved about going to Willowbank. However we were wrong for being so. The staff were great. The price was totally worth it. We loved the kea enclosure and it was great to have such an experience seeing the kiwis. All around good day out for all ages

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