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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Address: 60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-359 6226
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Ranked #12 of 125 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Got a couple of new contenders of favorite animal since visiting here. Kiwi and Kea- Kiwi discovery tour is really good, we saw 3/4 Kiwi's. You also get to go into the Kea walk through cage and feed them honey, they get very friendly and jump on your shoulder, cheeky little critters with lots of character. We did the Maori... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Loved Willowbank and the great selection of animals, especially loved the kiwis and keas. For someone reason the front desk staff seemed to not want to be there on that day, maybe tired after a busy morning. Also the otter feeding experience was lacking to say the least, and not due to the otters. Did not let that spoil our... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Absolutely beautiful setting, nice and easy to get around, very pleasant relaxing morning here. Lots of wonderful animals to see and the lemur encounter was fantastic. Animals everywhere you look. Fantastic cafe and delightful food. Highly recommend this.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We have been to Christchurch many times and never previously visited Willowbank, what a pity. We enjoyed the range of animals that we were able to get close to, particularly some of the rare breeds. I enjoyed seeing the Auckland Island pigs and the rare breed farm animals. The animals that we were able to feed were all easy to... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had to ask a staff member to point out a kiwi in the nocturnal house. Finally saw one and were surprised at how big it was. Lots of other birds and I particularly liked the Kea. Buy some bird food at the entrance to feed the ducks etc. The park is very close to the city and easy to... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went especially to see Kiwis and weren't disappointed - quite the contrary! If you only have an hour or a couple hours it is still worth visiting this Wildlife Reserve. I could've spent all day there but even 1 or 2 hours were great. I got to see Kiwis very close and very active in the nocturnal house, as... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Funny location as half of it lies over some sort of waterway. Kids loved feeding eels and seeing odd breeds of pig. Kiwi house and Kea enclosure are great, and nice to see Takahe, Kaka and Tuatara. Did it in a couple of hours. Quite compact for a zoo-place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Nearly half died when we saw the kiwi up the back of the enclosure, stop look and listen what is that by my foot an inch away from my foot KIWI. Aaahhh so excellent. Kea area was super cool as well smart birds and really friendly. A must do in Christchurch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We really enjoyed walking through the bush like surroundings at the Park. Most exciting was seeing the Kiwi's in the nocturnal display. I could have watched them for hours. the Park is a mixture of native animals and others, not sure why? I got a minor scare when a Kea sat on my shoulder! Very cheeky!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A nice laid back that kids of all ages will love. Some areas are a little small but overall the experience is great. We had kiwi come right to our feet and sing to us which was awesome and the kea walk through was cool too. The kids will also love the eel feeding area. If you are a Lord... More 

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