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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
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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Farmville in action!

It's amazing to have close interaction with alot of farm animals in Willowbank Wildlife. A few minute drive from the airport, this is a must-see attraction of Christchurch. A vast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's amazing to have close interaction with alot of farm animals in Willowbank Wildlife. A few minute drive from the airport, this is a must-see attraction of Christchurch. A vast variety of animal species like emus, alpacas, llamas, lemurs, simang monkeys, keas, tuis, kiwis, tuataras and many more! Worth the fun in feeding these cuddly creatures! :)

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

nice visit for families. many animals you can go very close. especially giving food to the eels was amazing

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We can here today for and afternoon out as was lovely sun filled day, it was $28 per adult instead of $27.50 like all the brochures say. it was lovely to walk around feeding the different birds,eels and farm animals, you can walk in some enclosures with the birds, But our main high light was seeing the Kiwi Bird! was... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Large range of species to see in natural surroundings. Lots of friendly animals wanting to be fed so buy the animal food bags! We did the 4.30 kiwi tour which was excellent and included other animals such as the keas too. Cafe was very good and reasonably priced. Very helpful staff too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great natural habitats for the animals. Big place. The kids loved it. We got an annual pass. Looking forward to return visits.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Situated in the north west and the outskirts of the city, Willowbank is a great place for children to see and learn about all sorts of animals and birds. The locals tend to visit here with their children. The main building houses a coffee bar plus a restaurant and also sells souvenirs. Parking is easy and this reserve comes recommended.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A good selection of animals and pleasant surroundings. Cockerels roam around the car park and it's a great place for a family outing. Young children will love it.

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My wife and myself visited the reserve on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. I also partook in the Lemur experience-this does cost a little extra but is 100% worth it as all money goes back to the animals. The reserve itself was fantastic as always and lots of changes have happened since I was last there. The Lemur encounter was amazing.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for the sole purpose of seeing kiwis - and we did. They are in a nocturnal house which is dark, but you'll be able to spot them if you try hard enough. You'll also be able to see Kune Kune pigs. The Reserve is rather empty on a weekday afternoon, so you'll have the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Family visit with toddler and pram, great to see all animals so close. We really enjoyed the Native animals best but the toddler loved it all. There is space to run with something exciting to see.

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