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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
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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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nature up close

you can touch, feed, photography. kids friendly, beautiful clam setting. toilets half way round, hand sanitizer available. good information provided on the information panels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

you can touch, feed, photography. kids friendly, beautiful clam setting. toilets half way round, hand sanitizer available. good information provided on the information panels. something for everyone

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well designed, clean nature walk, the park is very well laid out. There are a lot of birds though, that seems top be the emphasis which my three year old found a tad tiresome. The walk around was pleasant, well laid out & very clean. Not something I would do regularly, but worthwhile occasionally

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Thank Anne0705
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Get way up close with the animals. Buying a packet of pellets for the farmyard animals is well worth it. Just don't give it all to the deer, it takes a while to make your way around to the other animals. Book to feed the Lemurs at 1:30pm. It's $30 more than the entrance fee, but well worth it for... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to see the kiwis and saw the cultural show and dinner. We were taking family from the Uk. I felt the culture was well explained and the show as interactive as it could have been. The rest of the animals were well worth a look. Some roam free and walk with you through the park.

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Thank Maxine2015
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small place but awesome layout with a lot of NZ's endemic species greeting you. Keas were flying all over the place around us while the Kiwi encounter was amazing- got a close look at one pacing around in the enclosure! Saw Weka, Kakariki, Kaka, Tuatara but cuoldn't spot Takahe though saw the smaller Pukeko. Highly recommended if you wanted to... More 

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Thank Pradeep890
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great little wildlife park. Although we were a retired couple we still enjoyed seeing all the native NZ animals but is especially good for the young children who can feed various animals on the way around. You follow a designated track around the park which is well signposted and is split into four areas. There is also... More 

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Thank electrickev
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to say, for the price, I was a little disappointed. The exotic animal enclosures (lemurs & gibbons) were rather sad to see in comparison to the rest of the reserve. I thoroughly enjoyed the farm area and the kea aviary (one of the best i've encounted) I would visit again, but I would continue to use my 241... More 

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Thank R90ALC
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy spend a couple of hours here. Amazing job of setting up animal enclosures and walk thru paths. Nice and sheltered with all the trees. A lovely place for all to visit. Lots of nz animals also some others. Feed animals, kids there were loving it 😊 interactive and was wrapt to see 2 kiwi just after feeding. Just loved... More 

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Thank Amy M
Rangiora, New Zealand
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the choice for our work Christmas function and I was somewhat dubious at first. We were given a fantastic tour by a lovely, enthusiastic red haired keeper. She was knowledgeable and good at keeping us controlled and interested. So much to see and learn. Then we had our meal. The food was plentiful and varied and oh so... More 

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Thank 51Polarbear
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great wee farm visit. Good for all ages. Had a blast feeding the fish and animals. Horse ride for children was fun also. Nice relaxing place to take the family to. Well worth a visit.

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