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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Address: 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051, 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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Lots of fun, Very interactive

Came here with my boyfriend and as animal lovers, we loved how many animals we could interact with and feed. The walk around the zoo is also very beautiful and scenic.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chels R
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New South Wales, Australia
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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here with my boyfriend and as animal lovers, we loved how many animals we could interact with and feed. The walk around the zoo is also very beautiful and scenic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been to a lot of wildlife sanctuaries and this is one of my top favorites. You can easily spend half a day here. You can even buy some feed and interact with the animals. I fed some eels in a tank (great viewing platform), baby ducks and chicks, and peacocks (there is even a white peacock freely roaming).... More 

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Thank Aimy R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They are very cute and friendly. I even have some selfie photos with the wallaby. :) they are not scared if you touch and cuddle them. Is it a fun experience for kids to actually see and play with them. You can also buy some pellets to feed the animals.

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Thank Faith Charize C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family went for local performance show and visited wildlife park. We loved how the natural park and wild animals there. It has a wonderful river there and the swans and ducks are all over the place. The local performance is awesome and the dinner is included in our package ticket too.

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Thank MoNey_Yong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great park to walk around and see all sort of animals, especially the Kiwi.. We also loved the Kea, they are such funny birds. We also did the Maori experience with the dinner and show, that was really great and kids loved it and the food was very good.

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Thank Natasha J
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. The kiwi are the highlight, you always see them fossicking around in the dark in the kiwi enclosure. They are awesome, and very difficult to go anywhere and get better views up close.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Bought a season pass and something new to see every time you visit. Just loved the kea aviary and if you sit by the lake the baby ducks run all around you just gorgeous. Feed the giraffes so fun

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Brisbane Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Very well set out. A great walking track with a vast array of animals. You can buy food to feed selected animals, grab a couple of bags so you can do so. Kiwi enclosure was well set up to be able to view these birds. Well worth it and you can easily spend a couple of hours to get around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I recently took my wife and some to Wilowbank. We did the full experience with guided tour and a Maori show with a dinner. My son loved the wallaby's and kea. Seeing a Kiwi bird up close was also very cool. They are much bigger than I thought. The Maori show "Kotane" was really awesome. Getting to see the face... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

A really well done attraction. From hand feeding the eels, sitting inside the Lemur enclosure and a fantastic Kiwi house are amongst the great things to do and see.

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