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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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Ranked #13 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very natural and interesting setting. Kiwi exhibit is wonderful. A very relaxing and interesting day can be spent here from eel feeding to donkey rides and lots of opportunities to feed animals. It is what I would call low key entertainment in that its peaceful and you can take your time. The cafe has a good selection of foods. The... More

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Qld, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fantastic way to see native NZ animals and learn about the introduced species. I was rather disappointed that I didn't get to see an Otter, and only saw half of a Tuatara but that's the nature of animals! I did however LOVE the nocturnal Kiwi habitat, I could have spent hours in there watching them potter around, and feeding the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Really well maintained and designed experience. Lots of exotic animals and farm animals in a well played out path. Around every corner there was something new to excite the kids and the chance to feed many of the animals was their highlight. Its a great size and isnt too big that the kids get tired out. Definitely recommend this. Kea... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We live in Christchurch and cannot recommend this animal park highly enough. We have taken children ever since they were very young (30+ years) and as adults continue to enjoy it as well. The farm yard animals are small and good with children. The kiwi exhibition is splendid. Other native animals such as the kea can be viewed. Willowbank is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We visited Willowbank and bought some food to feed to the animals. There are a variety of animals at willowbank but not like in a normal zoo. Its worth a look - especially if you have young kids.

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East Maitland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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