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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

60 Hussey Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-359 6226
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$158*
and up
Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour
90%
Ranked #14 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I would thoroughly recommend this place for all ages, but especially those with children. It is a safe environment, there is plenty of opportunity for children to pet the animals and feed some of them..it is pushchair/pram friendly and there are plenty of things for children to do and see. There is a very good cafe and a shop. The... More 

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England
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I was skeptical about going here as Iv heard some bad reviews. Well...there all wrong ! This place is fantastic. Lots to see and beautifully layed out. the kids absolutely loved it. The food is v reasonably prices as well as the gift shop. I will be buying a year pass :)

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Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Lots and lots of animals for the children! Everyone had a great time feeding the animals all around the park! Takes a slow stroll around the morning! A kids wonderland :)

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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We loved our visit to Willowbank. I fed the eels which was great fun. Just keep your feet away from the edge in case an eel pops out and scares you. The animals all looked happy and relaxed. The monkeys played a game of copy the human which was really funny. The kea took a shine to me and decided... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We went here with our 3 preschoolers and elderly aunt. Everyone had a great time exploring the reserve along it lovely bushy tracks. Lots of animals around every corner. I particularly liked the kiwi and kea areas. The kids liked the kunekune pigs.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A great afternoon pent wandering amongst the various birds and other animals, plus the chance to see a kiwi in a nocturnal habitat. Good value and some interseting things to see.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Willowbank is a great place for a half day outing. I am assuming it is great if you have kids. I don't, but I feel like a big kid when I go there. You can interact with and feed most of the animals there, it is really pleasant to walk around, and they have a great selection of NZ natives,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Bring your own food, insect spray and hand sanitiser and the kids will love it. A great easy to follow trail and a bizarre feeding experience with the eels. Great helpful staff too!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have a two year old and an annual pass so we go here about once a month. Our daughter loves it, more now that she is getting older. Would also be a great place for overseas visitors to visit- great to see some of our native fauna and flora- and if your lucky a kiwi!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took our young grand children along, started with some lunch - that wasn't a great idea as the food was extremely average - everything was heavily covered with excessive salt. Any why once we achieved that mission it was off for a walk around the park. Limited number of animal and bird attractions. The park was seriously in need... More 

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