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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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Kiwis at last!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We really love Willowbank. It is affordable and interactive. It has native, exotic and farmyard animals all set in appropriate conditions. We spend ages there just wandering around through the paths and the trees looking at the animals/creatures and have taken a picnic with us when the children were younger. It does have a cafe and the obligatory gift shop.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great spot to take family out for a fun day for small children especially, and town children to see all the animals and attractions. There are eels to feed, birds,all kind of ducks. Farm animals and rides on donkeys. Just watch your children's eyes light up when they wander around Willowbank reserve. This was established by a... More 

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the few places you can go to get very close to kiwis you can almost touch them, an amazing place to take children.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Willowbank is a mixture of native, farmyard and exotic animals all displayed in a natural environment. There is food available for purchase that you can feed to the farmyard animals, the birds or the eels. The nocturnal kiwi house provides a unique opportunity to see kiwis up close. Great for all ages. Take a picnic lunch or purchase from the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Willowbank is just wonderful. So many animals to see and heaps that you can feed & interact with. The reserve itself is a beautiful location and coffee & lunch in the café were delicious (try the lamb & kumara pie!). Loved seeing the kiwis but my favourites were the friendly nanny goat and the kune-kune pigs!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great place to take your family or friends and hang out with the wildlife. Perfect for a picnin or BBQ or just relaxing day enjoying the serenity

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