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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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Great for the kids

Good value for the kids, lots of opportunities to touch and feed the animals. Great little wildlife park near town. Recommended for families with younger children.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Good value for the kids, lots of opportunities to touch and feed the animals. Great little wildlife park near town. Recommended for families with younger children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We have been several times and the toddlers enjoyed it as did the teens. From when you first walk in and can fed the eels to the interactive animal options, this is an enjoyable 3 or 4 hours.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Visiting Christchurch with children ? Spend a few hours at this wildlife park. Whether you are a visitor from afar or just spending time in another city this is an awesome place to visit. The park is strongly focussed on NZ animal and bird species and the kiwi section is fantastic. On the day we visited there were 6 kiwi... More 

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Hamburg, NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a couple of hours before our flight left Christchurch and our hotel hostess recommended a visit here. We were glad she did. This is a quiet retreat full of interesting wildlife and a nice presentation of New Zealand farm stock. Most of the other visitors were young parents with pre-schoolers, and it was fun to watch the children's... More 

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Northampton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you want to have an insight into the wildlife etc of NZ then this is a good place to visit. Lots of animals and plants to look at, including a darkened enclosure where kiwis lived. Also, some experience of Maori life but the entertainment, which we booked to see, was cancelled as we were the only visitors but this... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We went as it is one of the few places where you can see kiwi in NZ. I was a little disappointed in this aspect, as the kiwi house is nearly pitch black, so "seeing" a kiwi meant seeing a shadow of a something moving back and forth in the trees. The other animals were great, though. And for many,... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We were looking for a Maori experience on our travels and this place seemed to offer it all, a wildlife park, where you could see the some of the rare New Zealand and other bird life as well as some non native animal species, a Kiwi breeding house, where one could see the ever elusive Kiwi bird and Ko Tane,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Liked everything, I mean everything, except the little prick kid that wouldnt leave my daughter ride the donkey because she was an inch too tall, but allowed a fat kid that was probably 2 stone heavier to get up and possibly permanently dent the donkeys back, other than him I have no faults with this place, might be a bit... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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

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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